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24 June 2020 12:49

Jason Hoganson

An actor who fell into a life of crime has been jailed after he was caught carrying two knives on a busy city street. Jason Hoganson, who starred as Geordie character Pete in 1987 movie Empire State, was caught with the dangerous items in his rucksack on the West Road, Newcastle. The former actor's life spun out of control after his movie role. He went on to rack up more than 95 convictions after falling into a life of crime, drink, drugs and mental health problems. Hoganson has four past offences for possessing weapons on his record.

On this occasion, he was found carrying a large kitchen knife and a small kitchen knife, which he claimed he was taking to his mum so she could use them for cooking. (Image: ncjMedia Ltd) North Tyneside Magistrates' Court heard that police had been called to the scene after reports of a man brandishing knives towards another person. The description given to police fitted that of 49-year-old Hoganson and a subsequent search revealed the knives and led to his arrest. Hoganson, of Colston Street, Benwell, Newcastle, had been due to appear in the dock at court on Tuesday but was kept in his cell because of self-harm issues. During interview with officers, Hoganson claimed he had a lawful reason for carrying the blades as he was taking them to his mum for her to use with her cooking.

Sign up to FREE email alerts from ChronicleLive - daily Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email A former film star has been locked up after he was caught carrying two knives in his rucksack on a busy Newcastle street. Jason Hoganson played the role of a Geordie in 1988 movie Empire State but since then his life spiralled out of control. The former actor wracked up more than 95 convictions after he fell into a life of crime after drink, drugs and mental health problems took their toll. On this occasion, Hoganson, who has four past offences on his record for possessing weapons, was found to have two knives on the West Road but claimed he'd been taking them to his mum for her to use with cooking. A court heard that the police were called to the scene after reports a man fitting the 49-year-old's description had been seen brandishing knives towards another person. When officers attended, they found Hoganson, who had only been released from prison three months earlier for similar offending, nearby and he was detained. A subsequent search revealed he was carrying a large kitchen knife and a small kitchen knife in his rucksack and he was arrested. Hoganson, of Colston Street, Benwell, Newcastle, was due to appear in the dock at North Tyneside Magistrates' Court on Tuesday but was kept in his cell because of self-harm issues. His solicitor, Mark Harrison, entered guilty pleas to two counts of possession of a bladed article on his behalf. Prosecutor, Glenda Beck, told magistrates that the police were called to the West Road on Monday, June 22, after reports of a male "brandishing a knife". She added: "A description had been passed to the officers and the defendant was seen and matched the description. "When arrested, he was searched and one large kitchen knife and one small kitchen knife were located." During interview, Hoganson claimed he had a lawful reason to be carrying the blades as he was taking them to his mum for her to use with her cooking. Mr Harrison said Hoganson maintained that excuse but accepted he needed to be much more "wary" about carrying knives. The solicitor added: "There's no suggestion the knives were being used or brandished in dangerous circumstances. While there's evidence to suggest someone was brandishing a knife, there's no evidence to suggest that it was him." Hoganson was jailed for 40 weeks and must pay £85 costs and a £156 victim surcharge. The former actor starred in Empire State alongside Irish actor Ray McAnally, Jamie Foreman and US star Martin Landau. But as his acting career started to take off, his personal life was in tatters and he succumbed to a life of crime.