A man aged 53 has been imprisoned after confessing to carrying offensive weapons at Leeds Railway Station last week.

Richard Bray, who has no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to possessing an offensive weapon in a public area. He was sentenced to six months in jail by Bradford Magistrates on Wednesday, 13th September. Additionally, he was instructed to pay a victim surcharge of £154.

The court was informed that on Tuesday, 12th September, Bray visited the British Transport Police station in Leeds and declared that he had in his possession offensive weapons, namely two large steel clamps from a construction site. He informed the police officers that he intended to use these clamps as weapons for self-defence, even suggesting he might resort to stabbing someone if they were taken from him.

Investigating officer PC Ryan Moss said: “Bray is clearly a dangerous individual who could have potentially caused serious injury to another member of the public.

“Given his own admission that the clamps were being carried with the intention of causing harm to others, Magistrates had little choice but to hand him a custodial sentence.

“Anyone who carries items on the railway with the purpose of causing injury will be arrested and brought before the courts.”