Ipswich man, 52, appears in court and admits possessing a knife at Crown Pools

A police car sits outside Crown Pools after an incident.

A police car sits outside Crown Pools after an incident. - Credit: Archant

A 52-year-old man from Ipswich has admitted to possessing a knife at Crown Pools last month.

Michael Smith, of Inverness Road, pleaded guilty to taking the silver kitchen knife into the leisure centre in Crown Street on March 23.

He made the admissions via video link at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court this morning.

Smith also pleaded guilty to stealing a radio and four bottles of beer from Sidegate Lane Co-op on March 30.

But he denied two further charges – one of burglary where he is accused of stealing £70 worth of spirits from Churches Bar in Ipswich on March 11.

The second charge accuses him of using threatening behaviour towards Sam Barber on March 23.

Smith pleaded not guilty to both in court this morning and magistrates postponed his sentencing hearing for the knife offence, the radio theft and the beer theft until next Friday.

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A trial date for the alleged burglary was set for June 9 while the trial for the threatening behaviour charge will be set next Friday at Smith’s sentencing hearing.

The 52-year-old was remanded in custody at HMP Norwich to appear in court next Friday.