A JUVENILE has been fined after police found him carrying a knife "for protection".
Police from Richmond Local Area Command allege that 11:45pm on Sunday night they saw a juvenile dressed in dark clothing trying to avoid police in South Lismore, senior constable David Henderson said.
Based on his unusual behaviour and other factors known to police he was stopped and spoken to.
The juvenile instantly became agitated with police; he then said he was carrying a knife "for protection", snr cnst Henderson said.
The juvenile handed police a folding knife.
The juvenile has been issued a $550 infringement notice for possession of a knife in a public place (1st offence).
Snr cnst Henderson said this was a timely reminder that you cannot carry a knife for the purpose of protection.
At a minimum you will receive a $550 fine for a 1st offence, $1,100 for a second offence.
In serious cases you can be charged and end up with a criminal record.