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Mother breached security to smuggle knife into court building

21st March 2024

Law Gazette

A mother has been placed under a strict set of rules about attending the family court after previously smuggling a knife into the building.

Details of the security breach emerged in a judgment published yesterday in which Mr Justice Peel described how the woman had attended court in January on a day when she had no specific reason to.

The woman passed through security and made her way to the first floor toilets. When she came out, she went back to the security reception on the ground floor and handed in a knife wrapped in plastic and bound in tape before leaving the building. The knife had a three-inch blade and four-inch handle.

Peel, sitting in the Newcastle family court, said it was not clear how the knife had been brought into the building and that the matter had been reported to the police.

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