Serial criminal took two butter knives into South Shields police station days after release from prison

A serial criminal took two butter knives into a police station nine days after he was released from custody for the same offence.

The 36-year-old was released from custody in September and within just nine days was back at the same police station with two butter knives.

Farrell, of Beach Road, South Shields, who has 175 convictions on his record, admitted having bladed articles.

Carl Farrell, of Beach Road, South Shields, who has 175 convictions on his record, admitted having bladed articles.

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Judge Julie Clemitson told him: "You did exactly the same thing again, went back to Millbank and said you had a knife.

"You had two cutlery knives in your pockets, butter knives."

The second visit was because Farrell "hoped to be remanded" as he was struggling with long term mental health problems.

Judge Clemitson sentenced Farrell to a community order for 12 months.

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The judge said the order will ensure Farrell receives support in the community.

Farrell, who appeared in court via video link to prison, repeatedly said "I'm sorry" during the hearing.

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