A WOMAN caught out with a kitchen knife in a street has been up before the magistrates. 

Marie Mclatchey entered a guilty plea to one count of possessing a knife blade or sharp pointed article in a public place when she appeared before magistrates in December.

The court heard from prosecutor Thomas Quirk that the 45-year-old, of Greete, Ludlow, had been caught in possession of kitchen knife in Trinity Road, Bootle, Merseyside, without good reason or lawful authority, on October 18.

It is an offence to carry a knife or an offensive weapon in a public place, even if the person carrying it claims they were not intending to use it, and lawful reasons, such as carrying it for work or on the way to or from work must be demonstrated. 

The case was adjourned for a pre-sentencing report to be carried out by the probation service and Mclatchey, who was represented at the hearing before Sefton Magistrates Court by defence solicitor Carole Clarke, was released on unconditional bail.

She will appear back before magistrates in Sefton, Merseyside, for sentencing on January 8.