An 18 year old man has been sentenced to nine months in a young offenders institution after threatening a police officer with a samurai sword in Watford.
The man in appeared before St Albans Crown Court on Friday 5 March and was sentenced to nine months in a young offenders’ institution Herts police have confirmed.
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, the man 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.
He 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.
He continued saying the man 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.”
Source: Herts Police