Grimsby man Jake Jones has 'pencil threat' charges dismissed

Charges against a man accused of possessing a pencil as an "offensive weapon" near a mosque have been dismissed.

Jake Jones was arrested by police close to the Grimsby Islamic Centre on 22 March after receiving reports of a man "behaving aggressively".

The 24-year-old, of no fixed address, was charged with possessing an offensive weapon in a public place.

The charges were dismissed by Grimsby magistrates on 2 June.

Jones, who is homeless, was said to have told a police officer he had a pencil with him so he could "stab" someone, the Grimsby Telegraph reported.

But he was jailed for 12 weeks after pleading guilty to four other unrelated charges including two counts of battery and two Public Order Act offences on 9 June.

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