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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Cumbrian man threatened police with nail-studded club

A man threatened police officers with a three-foot piece of wood studded with nails as he chased a man away from his house.

Jon Pears, 25, also tried to get his dog to bite the officers as they took the weapon from him after restraining him.

Carlisle Crown Court heard the incident on January 17 happened after a man running down a street in Whitehaven told police that Pears had “gone mad” and was chasing him.

Pears then came into view, wielding the piece of wood – which had a taped handle and nails sticking out of each side – and shouting threats.

The police shouted to Pears to stop, but he just turned on them and threatened them too, “encouraging” his dog to bite them as they arrested him.

Pears, who had several previous convictions for disorderly behaviour, pleaded guilty to a charge of threatening the police with an offensive weapon which “could have caused serious injury if someone had been hit with it”.

He admitted threatening the officers, but said he only had the wood in his hand because he had taken it off a man who had hit him over the head with it after turning up with it at his door.

He said that after disarming the man he had followed him off his property, only to meet the policemen who tried to stop him.

Pears, of St James Court, Whitehaven, was given an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for a year, and made to do 150 hours’ unpaid community work.

He was also put under probation supervision for a year, and put under a curfew to keep him at home from 8pm to 6am every night for the next four months.

Passing sentence, Judge Barbara Forrester said it did not matter how the trouble had started.

She said: “It may well be that the man who came to your house brought the weapon with him, and you took it from him. But that does not give you an excuse to chase him down the street with it as he ran away.”

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