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Man stole knife while under influence of Spice drug

Dillon Currie, 28, entered a house in Peterborough and stole a knife while under the influence of ‘spice’ - he has now been jailed.
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The knife grabbed by Dillon Currie, of Peterborough

Police received a 999 call on February 7 after Currie entered a house in Eastfield Road, screaming, before grabbing a knife from the kitchen and running back out into the street.

At the same time, a second call came in reporting a man in the street armed with a knife and shouting for help, saying he had been stabbed.

Within four minutes of the first 999 call being made, Currie was located with the knife and detained.

There was no sign of Currie having been stabbed, but due to his clearly distressed behaviour, Currie was taken to Peterborough City Hospital.

Currie, of Eastfield Road, was later arrested and initially charged with burglary and possession of a knife in a public place. He admitted the knife offence but denied burglary, instead pleading guilty to theft which was accepted in court.

On Wednesday (7 April), he appeared at Peterborough Crown Court where he was sentenced to six months in prison for possession of the knife, and one month for theft. Both sentences will run alongside each other.

PC Matt Reed said: “Spice can be an incredibly strong substance which can make people behave incredibly erratically, as in this case with Currie.

“There is no doubt this was a frightening ordeal for all involved, including Currie who was experiencing paranoia, believing he had been stabbed. Thankfully no one was injured and we were able to disarm Currie and take control of the knife before anyone got hurt.”

Anyone with concerns about knife crime can find information on the force’s website here, https://bit.ly/39QLkOi, along with the option to report information.