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Inverness pensioner had knife at Raigmore Hospital

By Ali Morrison

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Raigmore Hospital.
Raigmore Hospital.

A pensioner who was walking through Inverness city centre with a bat in his hand told police it was "for the seagulls".

Inverness Sheriff Court heard that the offence of possessing an offensive weapon had been committed almost a year after 71-year-old David Cumming had a knife in a belt sheath in Raigmore Hospital.

Cumming, of Oakwood Court, Inverness previously admitted possessing the blade in the X-ray department on October 21, 2021. He handed it over to staff on request and police were called, fiscal depute Karen Poke said.

She added that on July 18, 2022 police received a report that Cumming was in Academy Street heading for Falcon Square with a bat in his hand.

"He told officers he had it for the seagulls," Ms Poke went on.

Sentence had been deferred for a background report and when he appeared for sentencing, Sheriff Sara Matheson fined him a total of £420.

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