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Axe ban for convicted rapist, 62.

Byline: Andy Passant

A CONVICTED rapist has been banned from possessing an axe - and ordered to hand over his Swiss Army knife.

Anthony Charles Harrison was jailed for seven years in 1998 for three rapes on male youths.

Teesside Crown Court was told how he committed one of the crimes while armed with an axe.

A judge was given details of 62-year-old Harrison's previous offending while dealing with him for breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order. The order, in force until 2015, bans him from possessing any bladed items.

Harrison was also given a 12-month conditional discharge.

The court was told that a number of knives were discovered in his hostel room in May. They included cutlery, a Swiss Army knife, a potato knife, kitchen and craft knives and paint scrapers.

Harrison, of Nelson Street, South Bank, admitted breaching the order which also bans him from living in a tent and loitering near schools.

The convicted sex offender was found guilty last August of outraging public decency in an incident in a tent on waste ground near a railway track in Thornaby.

On another occasion Harrison was seen loitering outside Riverside College in Stockton, claiming to be waiting for a friend.

Harrison was sentenced on Friday for his latest breach of the order.

Recorder of Middlesbrough Judge Peter Fox QC varied the Sexual Offences Prevention Order to ban Harrison from possessing an axe.

He also ordered him to forfeit the Swiss Army knife but said Harrison could keep all the other items.

The judge told him: "I think there has been an over-reaction here to what was found in your hostel accommodation."

He said there was no evidence to indicate the knives and paint scrapers were likely to be used by Harrison in committing any sexual offences.

The judge added: "You may have knives for proper and lawful use, for instance in the kitchen or laying linoleum."
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jul 2, 2007
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