By-election candidate guilty of having a knife in public

Jody Graber, a vocal opponent of low-traffic neighbourhoods, was arrested in March for possessing a kitchen knife

Friday, 29th October 2021 — By Helen Chapman

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AN anti-Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) campaigner who stood in this year’s council by-election has been found guilty of possession of a knife in a public place.

Jody Graber, 41, appeared in Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court last Wednesday. He was arrested on March 11 for possessing a black-handled kitchen knife.

Mr Graber has been a vocal opponent of LTNs – a scheme introduced to reduce traffic in residential streets.

The “People Friendly Streets” – or LTNs – have been the source of an ongoing battle between those who say they are needed to cut pollution and opponents who argue that the measures create more fumes by clogging up the main roads.

He stood as an independent candidate for the St Peter’s Ward by-election in May, where he came last with 318 votes, defeated by Labour candidate Toby North who was voted in with a wide margin of 1,885 votes.

Mr Graber told the Tribune after the vote: “We’re going to carry on the campaign. Toby will have a rough year because I’ll be on his case. How can I put it? People have blindly voted for this guy.

“I’ll be running in May 2022 which we was always gearing up for.

“If more independents come forward we’ll run them.

“In the words of Churchill, this is not the end, it’s the end of the beginning.”

Sentencing was adjourned until November 9.

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