A RADCLIFFE man caught with an illegal fighting blade has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Stuart Harold Joseph Fagan, 29, was prosecuted after being found in possession of an imported push dagger knife.

Under UK law the push dagger, a short knife gripped between the knuckles in combat, which dates back to 16th century India, is against the law.

Fagan, of Jubilee Avenue, pleaded guilty before Manchester magistrates to importing a prohibited weapon.

He was given a 26-week custodial sentence, suspended for 24 months, given the serious nature of the offence.

Fagan was also ordered to pay a £122 victim surcharge with £85 court costs.