'I like knives': Casino man arrested near Lismore Hospital
A CASINO man has been arrested near Lismore Hospital last night carrying a knife.
Richmond Local Area Command police said at about 11pm on Friday they searched a 34-year-old near the hospital.
During the search, police found the man to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and a knife.
Police stated when they asked the man why he was carrying a knife he said "I like knives".
The knife was seized and the man was charged with Custody of a Knife In A Public Place.
Following the incident, senior constable Dave Henderson warned residents it is not legal to carry a knife of any size and there was no such a thing as a knife "under the legal length".
"A lot of people, especially the kids, seem to think that you can possess a knife if it is under 'the legal length'," senior constable Henderson said.
"This is not the case. Even a tiny blade has the potential to wound or kill someone.
"There was a police man who was killed in 1998 with a knife.
"We will not tolerate people carrying knives for illegal purposes."
Police stated last night's arrest follows a series of offenders from the Northern Rivers being caught with knives.
"There have been numerous knife and weapon finds in the Northern Rivers," senior constable Henderson said.
"The laws relating to knifes and similar items are very clear - you cannot possess a knife in a public place without a reasonable excuse.
"There is a link to the laws and exceptions in the comments section."
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