A Bulgarian mother has feared for her ability to remain in the UK post-Brexit...Here we go, another whinge about paperwork and the Home Office and...
...after being found with a plastic-covered knife at a shopping centre, a court has heard.Hmmm...
Silviya Pavlova had been arrested for an unrelated matter at TJ Hughes in The Mall, Maidstone, on December 18 when the small purple kitchen knife, with a 3.35in blade, was found inside her handbag.
The 53-year-old told officers she wasn't from England and wasn't aware that carrying such an item was illegal, claiming it was "only a thin, small knife, not a butcher's knife".Really? She missed all the news reports about knife crime, then?
Geoff Playford, defending, told the court the blade had been bought a week or two before the offence for kitchen use, but Pavolva then forgot it was in her bag when she grabbed it to go shopping on December 18.A likely story...
"She came in 2017 to join her husband and son who were already here.
"As a result of the shenanigans of Brexit, she's got to apply for residence status to remain, and her case can’t be dealt with until this matter is resolved."So..?
Pavlova, of Melford Avenue, Barking, Essex, pleaded guilty through a translator, to possessing a blade in a public place. She was then given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of £105.*sighs*
District judge Paul Goldspring told her: "I accept it is probably not an offence in these circumstances in Bulgaria and nobody is suggesting you have done anything other than cut vegetables with this knife."And then put it back in your handbag?