A MAN has avoided prison for carrying a sword on a street.

Przemyslaw Nowakowski, 40, of Caledonia Road, in Keighley, pleaded guilty to possession of a knife blade or sharp-pointed article in a public place, at Bradford and Keighley Magistrates' Court last Tuesday.

Court records show he was caught with a sword on Queen's Road, in Halifax on December 13 last year.

Nowakowski was handed a two-month jail sentence, suspended for a year.

It means if he commits any offence within the next 12 months, his sentence will be activated, alongside being dealt with for the new crime.

The 40-year-old was spared immediate custodial time due to there being "a realistic prospect of rehabilitation" and "strong personal mitigation", according to court records.

The court ordered Nowakowski we deprived of the sword as well.

He must also pay the court £239, which includes £85 in costs and a surcharge of £154 to fund victim services.