Knuckleduster found after driver stopped

Grant Dowson, 24, of Bridlington was found in possesion of a knuckleduster in his car and gave police a false name.
Grant Dowson, 24, of Bridlington was found in possesion of a knuckleduster in his car and gave police a false name.

A former roofer risked being jailed after he was caught with an illegal knuckleduster while the subject of an eight-month suspended prison sentence for running a cannabis factory.

Grant Dowson, 24, was stopped driving a Clio on Hilderthorpe Road, Bridlington, after a policeman suspected he was driving without insurance. Dowson started to become agitated and vocal refusing to listen to the officer after telling him his name was Martin Dowson and giving the wrong date of birth.

Dowson of Seathorne Walk, Bridlington, in May 2014 was caught growing 27 cannabis plants in Hilderthorpe Road, Bridlington. His cannabis factory was capable of producing £13,000 in tax-free drugs a year.

Dowson appeared at Hull Crown Court on Monday (November 2) after pleading guilty to having an offensive weapon and driving without insurance.

Principal crown advocate Philip Evans said Dowson was in breach of his suspended sentence imposed by Hull Crown Court for cannabis production.

He said the officer had found the knuckleduster in the door bucket of Dowson’s Clio car on September 15. Dowson became involved with a heated exchange with the officer after he refused to reveal an identification tattoo.

The court heard he had 27 previous convictions and six points on his driving licence.

Sentencing, Recorder Caroline Wigin told Dowson although he had committed two further offences since being given his suspended sentence they were not for drug matters and it would be unjust to activate it.

She gave Dowson an eight-month suspended sentence, 300 hours of unpaid work and ordered him to pay a £180 court charge. He was banned from driving for six months.