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