A MAN caught in unlawful possession of a Stanley blade said he'd been using it to 'craft Christmas cards'.

Roy McDiarmid had the offending item in a pocket of his jeans when he went to a Greenock flat to buy drugs, the sheriff court was told.

He said to police: "I shouldn't have had it on me but I was using it to craft Christmas cards."

His lawyer Gordon Nicol produced one of the cards in court and said: "Mr McDiarmid was making these for a charity to keep him out of harm's way during the day."

McDiarmid, of the Inverclyde Centre, committed the offence at Prospecthill Court on February 4.

He was fined £200 and placed on a nine-month supervision order.