Twelve Months for Tamworth Man Carrying Rock in A Sock Weapon

Tuesday, 18th June 2019

A TAMWORTH man who carried a rock in a sock as an improvised weapon has been jailed at Stafford Crown Court.

Dale MacCall, 34, of the Leyfields area of Tamworth, was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment at Stafford Crown Court yesterday (June 17).

MacCall pleaded guilty to possessing a serrated blade on 6 March in Spinning School Lane, Tamworth.

In addition, he also pleaded guilty to carrying a rock in a sock at Cannock railway station on 8 February.

He was remanded in custody following the 6 March offence.

Police have said that they will not tolerate people carrying weapons or bladed items on the streets.

JAILED: Dale Macall

JAILED: Dale MacCall

Sergeant Gary Harborow, of Tamworth Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We will not tolerate the carrying of offensive weapons or bladed articles on our streets.

“There is no excuse for carrying weapons such as these, which are clearly used to either intimidate, threaten or cause violence.”

You can report information about crime by contacting the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

What is an offensive weapon?

The definition of an offensive weapon is any article made or adapted for use for causing injury to the person or intended by the person having it with him for such use by him, or by some other person. (N.B. this definition includes a disguised knife).

It is an offence for any person who without lawful authority or reasonable excuse has with him in any public place any offensive weapon.

Where a particular knife is not deemed to be an offensive weapon, be aware that there is also a specific offence of having a bladed article in a public place.

Under this legislation, It is an offence to carry any sharp or bladed instrument in a public place, with the exception of a folding pocket knife, which has a blade that is 7.62 cm (3 inches) or less.

A lock knife is not a folding pocket knife and therefore it is an offence to carry around such a knife regardless of the length of the blade (if you do not have a good reason)