‘Angry’ man was armed with knife in Gainsborough Market Place

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A man shopped himself to police when he became angry in Gainsborough town centre while armed with a knife, a court was told.

Scott Cooper called police to say that he was in Gainsborough Market Place and wanted to hurt someone.

Edna Leonard, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court: “The defendant said that he was in possession of a knife and he was angry.

“Officers went to the Market Place in Gainsborough and he was found sitting on a bench.

“When he saw the police he ran off but was detained shortly afterwards.

“He was searched. He had a Stanley knife in the rear pocket of his tracksuit bottoms and he was arrested.”

Cooper , aged 27, of Trinity View, Gainsborough, admitted possession of a bladed article in a public place as a result of the incident on March 8.

He also admitted breach of a suspended jail sentence imposed for harassment.

Judge Simon Hirst jailed Cooper for 15 months.

The judge told him: “Your previous record is dreadful. The only sentence I can impose is an immediate custodial sentence.”

David Eager, in mitigation, said Cooper was a potential danger to himself.

“In this instance he phoned the police himself.

“He is a young man with grave problems.

“He is an insulin-dependant diabetic who doesn’t take his medication.”