UNPAID work has been ordered for a Herefordshire man who imported a prohibited weapon in the county.

Kerry Stephens appeared before magistrates in Hereford in May for sentencing after admitting one count of importing prohibited weapons or ammunition with intent to evade a prohibition or restriction.


The court heard from prosecutor Mark Hambling that the 44-year-old had imported a prohibited weapon, namely a butterfly knife, contrary to the Restriction of Offensive Weapons Act 1959 and with intent to evade the prohibition in Ross-on-Wye on August 4.

Stephens, of Woodedge, Ross-on-Wye, was handed a 12-month community order with 80 hours of unpaid work for the offence, with magistrates saying they had taken the guilty plea into account when imposing the penalty.

Stephens was also ordered to pay prosecution costs of £100 and a £114 victim surcharge, while the butterfly knife, which had been seized by police, was ordered to be forfeited and destroyed.