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A man who threatened his support staff with a knife before making off into the street with it has been handed a supervision order.

Samuel Pope, 26, left his supported living accommodation in Fairmead Way, central Peterborough, armed with an eight-inch kitchen knife on 21 March, after a fall-out with staff.

He had been allowed to use the knife to prepare some food, however, when a member of staff asked him to return it, Pope became agitated, started waving the knife around and threatening people around him.

Pope left the home shortly before police arrived but was located by armed officers in nearby Riverside with the knife still in his possession.

On Friday (2 December), he was sentenced to a 10-month supervision order at Peterborough Crown Court after previously admitting possession of a knife in a public place.

Supervision orders require an individual to be closely monitored, attend appointments and adhere to a ‘supervision plan’ which will be linked to things that influenced their offending. Failure to comply with the order is an offence which could result in a re-sentence, fine or other orders being imposed.

PC Ed Kiely, who investigated, said: “This was a frightening experience for those who were in the home that day, thankfully no one was hurt, and we were able to locate Pope quickly.”

Anyone with information about someone who carries a knife can report online here.

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