Drunk man Josef Malek had a knife in Preston's Primark store

A man who was found in possession of a lock knife in Preston’s Primark store has been jailed for six months.

Josef Malek, 49, of no fixed abode, was arrested at the store in the Fishergate Centre on September 1 and was found with a black handled lock knife.

Primark on Fishergate, Preston

Primark on Fishergate, Preston

He failed to appear before Preston Magistrates’ Court but had indicated guilty pleas to being drunk and disorderly and possession of a blade in public.

A charge of stealing clothing was dropped.

The bench said custody was inevitable because it was his second similar offence, attracting a minimum jail term, and vulnerable people were present.

A previous conditional discharge had expired only days before the offences.

He must pay a £115 surcharge and the court ordered the knife to be destroyed.