A BRIERLEY Hill father-of-ten found to be carrying a flick knife on a bus has been locked up for six months.

Wolverhampton Crown Court heard Daniel Reid was so drunk he refused to get off the vehicle when it arrived at Stourbridge bus station.

Hugh O'Brien-Quinn, prosecuting, told the court that police officers were called to the scene and when they patted down Reid they found the flick knife in a trouser pocket.

Reid, of High Street, admitted possessing an offensive weapon and he was told by Judge Rhone Campbell: "You had a flick knife with a four inch blade when you were in a state of inebriation."

He said it was accepted Reid had health issues but he stressed his previous convictions included two previous convictions for possession of an offensive weapon.

The only sentence that could be passed, the judge concluded, was one of immediate imprisonment.

Anthony Carlin, defending, told the court that Reid had suffered with issues involving drug abuse in the past and he currently had an alcohol problem.

He said Reid, aged 40, had been diagnosed as schizophrenic and he had also been taking medication for depression.

The court was told Reid had 21 previous offences on his criminal record.