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Knife man found sleeping in Peterborough Cathedral grounds jailed

Incident happened in July 2022 but defendant only appeared in court this week

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A man who was found asleep in the grounds of Peterborough Cathedral in July 2022 with a knife in a bag next to him has been jailed. Imran Ali, 38, had earlier approached a man in Peterborough city centre and pulled out the large kitchen knife before walking off.

The victim reported the incident in July 2022 to police, who identified Ali from CCTV and later found him asleep in the cathedral grounds with his head resting on a blue holdall.

Bolt cutters and pliers were also found inside the bag.

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Ali, of Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, was arrested and later found guilty of possession of a knife and going equipped for theft.

The victim reported the incident in July 2022 to police, who identified Ali from CCTV and later found him asleep in the cathedral grounds with his head resting on a blue holdall.

The victim reported the incident in July 2022 to police, who identified Ali from CCTV and later found him asleep in the cathedral grounds with his head resting on a blue holdall.

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He was sentenced to six months in prison at Cambridge Crown Court last week (25 January)

Detective Sergeant Rich Ellison, who investigated, said: “Any crimes involving possession of knives are treated extremely seriously and I welcome this prison sentence.

“Tackling knife crime is a force priority and we will do everything in our power to get weapons off the streets of Cambridgeshire.

“We all have a duty to protect our communities from harm and I would urge anyone who suspects someone is carrying a knife to call us on 101 or 999 in an emergency.”

 

 

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