Motorist pulled knife out of boot in row

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A woman who chased a man into a store, waving a knife in front of terrified women and children, has escaped jail.

Anna Poyzer, aged 33, pulled a knife out of the boot of her car after another vehicle mounted the pavement in front of her on Knollbeck Lane, Brampton.

Sheffield Crown Court heard Poyzer and a man in her car began arguing with the other motorist.

Prosecutor Michael Tooley said the argument spilled into the Dil Brothers convenience store, where Poyzer brandished a knife she was seen taking from the boot of her car.

One witness said she was ‘terrified’ that Poyzer was going to stab the other driver.

Poyzer, of Bellbrooke Avenue, Darfield, Barnsley, admitted possessing a bladed article and affray.

The mum-of-three was said to have ‘health problems’.

Sentencing her to a 12 month community order with supervision, Recorder Kate Tulk said psychiatric and probation reports had persuaded her against imposing a jail term.

She said Poyzer would normally have been jailed, but she had suffered ‘difficulties for several years’ and it would be better if she was given treatment.