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Sydenham man jailed for carrying 'weaponised' ammonia at train station

PUBLISHED: 12:40 03 April 2018

Aaron Edwards was sentenced to six month's imprisonment at Colchester Magistrate's Court last week. Photo: BTP

Aaron Edwards was sentenced to six month's imprisonment at Colchester Magistrate's Court last week. Photo: BTP

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A man from Sydenham has been jailed for six months after he was caught at a busy train station with a bottle of ammonia.

Aaron Edwards, 19, of Addington Grove, was found guilty at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on March 26 and was sentenced on the same day.

On April 1 last year, Edwards was stopped by officers at Colchester North station for attempting to travel to London without a ticket.

When searched, he was found with a bottle of ammonia in the waistband of his trousers. A hole had been made in the bottle cap so it could be sprayed.

He was arrested and at court, tried to claim he had the bottle because he’d been cleaning his girlfriend’s bathroom.

Pc Daniel Garnham of the British Transport Police said: “Young people carrying acid in a public place is a worrying trend and the man-made hole in the bottle cap proved that it had been adapted for use as a weapon.

“It has been well documented that acid used in this way has the potential to cause life-changing injuries and so I’m glad the courts saw fit to give this individual a custodial sentence. It shows we will not tolerate people who threaten the safety of passengers on the railway.”

Edwards was also ordered to pay £115 victim surcharge and £200 costs.

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