A MAN has been ordered to carry out unpaid work in the community after being found in possession of an ‘offensive weapon’.

The case of Robert Moore, from Runcorn, was recently heard before Warrington Magistrates’ Court.

Christopher Howard, representing the prosecution in the case, told the court how the 54-year-old was found to be in possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.

On December 17, on Porthleven Road in Runcorn, he had a baseball in a sock ‘without lawful authority or reasonable excuse’.

Moore, of The Glen in Runcorn, pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced by magistrates to a 12-month community order, including 150 hours of unpaid work.

He must also pay costs to the Crown Prosecution Service of £120 and a statutory surcharge to fund victim services of £114.

In addition, magistrates approved a prosecution application for the forfeiture and destruction of the baseball and the sock.