Man, 55, admits pulling out machete at Hitchin railway station

PUBLISHED: 15:59 02 March 2018

Hitchin railway station, where 55-year-old Mark Thurston brandished a machete on a train. Picture: Wikimedia Commons

Hitchin railway station, where 55-year-old Mark Thurston brandished a machete on a train. Picture: Wikimedia Commons

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A 55-year-old man has admitted brandishing a machete on a crowded train at Hitchin railway station, and is set to be sentenced by a crown court judge.

Mark Thurston pulled the blade from his bag in front of fellow passengers on a train from London King’s Cross on the evening of January 29. Nobody was injured during the incident, which prompted a massive police response.

Thurston, who was arrested at the scene, pleaded guilty to five offences when he appeared before Stevenage magistrates on Wednesday.

He admitted having a blade in a public, possessing a small amount of cannabis, assaulting two constables and being threatening or abusive.

Chairman of the bench George Baxter sentenced him for the final charge, ordering him to pay a £40 fine, £85 costs and £30 surcharge.

For the other four offences he committed Thurston, of Walnut Tree Avenue in Cambridge, to St Albans Crown Court for sentencing on Tuesday, March 27.

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