An 18-year-old man has been sentenced for threatening a police officer with a weapon in Watford.
Gary Bangs, of Byewaters in Watford, appeared before St Albans Crown Court on Friday 5 March and was sentenced to nine months in a young offenders’ institution.
He had previously pled guilty to assaulting an emergency worker and threatening a person with an offensive weapon in a public place.
The court heard how on Saturday 9 January this year, Bangs had been spotted on CCTV acting suspiciously and was believed to be in possession of a knife.
A police officer attended the town centre and attempted to stop the teenager, who then produced a Samurai sword and threatened the constable before running off.
Bangs was arrested a short while later, and officers seized the weapon, which was found discarded nearby.
PC Daniel Judge, who investigated the offence, said:
“We will not tolerate knife crime on the streets of Watford and anyone carrying a weapon on their person should expect to be stopped and searched by police.
“Bangs showed complete disregard for the safety of the public by carrying that weapon.
“Thanks to a quick-thinking CCTV operator, we were able to get to the scene, locate the weapon and remove it from our streets in order to protect the public.”
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