Teenager admits assault after Hitchin town centre stabbing

The police cordon in Hitchin High Street after the early-morning stabbing in October. Picture: Jacki

The police cordon in Hitchin High Street after the early-morning stabbing in October. Picture: Jackie McDonald - Credit: Archant

A teenager has admitted assault after a stabbing in Hitchin town centre – and is set to be sentenced by a crown court judge next month.

Ben Mason, 18, of Milestone Road in Hitchin, assaulted the 28-year-old man at about 3am on October 9 last year, outside HSBC and Greggs in the High Street.

Appearing before Stevenage magistrates on Wednesday, Mason pleaded guilty to assault by beating, possession of an offensive weapon in the shape of a black lock knife, and possession of a small bag of cannabis.

Chairman of the bench Robert Balchin committed the 18-year-old to appear for sentence at Cambridge Crown Court on April 12, granting him bail in the meantime.

A second man, in his 30s, sustained a stab wound in the leg – with a pool of blood visible on the pavement afterwards. He was taken to hospital but later discharged.

A man was arrested in connection with this, but was released without charge.

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