A Llandudno man who called at the town’s police station for help was arrested after officers inside saw on CCTV that he was carrying three knives.

Magistrates heard Michael Storer had taken the kitchen knives from his partner’s house while feeling upset about not seeing his son.

He intended to harm himself but after causing minor cuts to his wrists decided instead to seek assistance from the police.

“He was quite surprised to be arrested,” said his solicitor Richard Williams.

Storer, 35, of Dinas Road, was given a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months after pleading guilty to possessing a bladed article in Oxford Road on August 5.

Prosecutor James Neary said Storer rang the doorbell and put the knives on the ground when told to do so by officers. He explained he had had an argument with his former partner over access to their son and that led to a disagreement with his current partner.

“He said he was going to kill himself or go to the police station and was not going to use the knives on anyone else,” said Mr Neary.

Storer told a probation officer he had been drinking and become increasingly depressed.

He was ordered to attend a 10-day rehabilitation programme and pay costs of £85 and a £122 surcharge.