A WREXHAM teenager has successfully appealed against his sentence after admitting possessing two knives.

Nathan Seward, 19, of Dodds Lane, Gwersyllt, had been stopped by officers at around 6pm on October 31 because he had been riding his motorbike on the pavement on Llay New Road in Rhosddu.

A knife had dropped to the floor as Seward got off the bike, and he immediately told officers about another he had under the seat of the vehicle.

He told officers he had only bought one of the knives that day to use as a display item and had not realised it was illegal to be in possession of it. The second knife, a small lock knife was one he used to carry out repair work on his bike.

Seward had been sentenced to serve three months in immediate custody on November 15, with his defence solicitor at the time, lodging an emergency appeal.

Henry Hills, defending Seward, told his Honour Judge Niclas Parry, how his client had no previous convictions and had been a young man of previous good character. He told the Judge how Seward had been fully co-operative with the police and told straight away about the second knife under his seat after the first one had fallen to the floor.

Seward, who works for his father’s landscape gardening company had had some difficulties in school and that there had been a degree of vulnerability and nativity on his part throughout the whole incident.

Judge Parry told Seward he was lucky he had not been sent to the Crown court in the first place as that is what is advised with cases involving knives these days.

He added: “The knives were not brandished, but the public have been reminded that the message is that if you carry knives around Wrexham you will be sent to custody.”

Seward, who had already served 15 days in custody, had his three month sentence suspended for a year and must carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.