A MAN has appeared in court after he had a machete in a public place.

Jake Adrian Paul Lyddon, 20, appeared at Poole Magistrates' Court on April 16 in relation to having the blade in Wishart Gardens, Bournemouth, on November 6 last year.

Lyddon, whose address was given as Hunt Road, Christchurch, admitted an offence of having an article with blade or point in public place.

He also pleaded guilty to a series of motoring offences, which took place on the same day in Charminster Road, Bournemouth, when he was using a Mercedes-Benz.

Prosecutors said the defendant failed to stop the vehicle on being required to do so by a constable in uniform. He was also using the vehicle without insurance and driving without a licence, the court heard.

District judge Stephen Nicholls handed Lyddon a 12-month community order with a requirement to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

The defendant's driving record was endorsed with six points, the knife was to be forfeited and destroyed and he was ordered to pay a £95 surcharge and £85 costs.