A TEENAGER armed with a lockback knife in a busy city centre on a Saturday night claimed he needed to keep safe.

The 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was snared with blade in Glasgow’s Union Street in January this year.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard police officers had reason to search the teen for drugs at the time.

Prosecutor Mark Allan said: “He disclosed to them that he had a garden tool in his pocket.

“The police recovered a green handled lockback knife with a cutting edge blade.”

The boy was put under arrest by the officers at the scene.

He replied: “I had the article as on Fridays and Saturdays I come into town and I need to keep safe.”

The teen pled guilty today to the unlawful possession of a knife in a public place.

Sentence was deferred until May for background reports by Sheriff Paul Crozier and the boy was bailed meantime.