Armed man spotted in Sheffield street with knife while shouting at people spared from jail

An armed man who was seen with a knife while shouting at people has narrowly been spared from jail.

By Jon Cooper
Friday, 5th February 2021, 10:01 am

Sheffield Crown Court heard on February 4 how Brian Anthony Thomas, aged 58, of Foster Way, High Green, Sheffield, was seen by police in the street with a knife on Foster Way.

Brian Outhwaite, prosecuting, said: “Police were called by a member of the public who told them about a man in possession of a knife.”

Two officers arrived and saw the defendant with a knife in his hand, according to Mr Outhwaite, and he was told to drop it which he did.

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Sheffield Crown Court, pictured, heard how police found a man in the street with a knife after responding to a report from a member of the public.

Police made enquiries and it was made known to them that Thomas had been in a car park with the knife shouting at people to leave and one witness said they had seen him hacking at a tree with the knife.

Thomas, who has previous convictions, pleaded guilty to affray and to possessing a bladed article in a public place after the incident on June 20, 2020.

Francis Edusei, defending, who indicated Thomas has mental health issues, told the court: “Mercifully, it was a brief incident. When asked to drop the knife by police he did.

“He will say he was remonstrating with someone who had caused him some aggravation in the past."

Judge David Dixon who recognised Thomas has made progress since the offence sentenced him to six-months of custody suspended for 18 months with a Rehabilitation Activity Requirement.

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