Man jailed for pulling knife in front of young family in Swineshead


A man has been sent to prison for a year after brandishing a knife in front of a young family.

Police say they are pleased with the ‘excellent result’ after Samuel Blacknell (31), of Michael Moses Way in Swineshead, was sent to jail for the chilling incident.

A mother and father in their early 30s were walking along Michael Moses Way at around 3.44pm on May 25 with their three young children when the incident happened.

Samuel Blacknell (57031055)

The father, who was carrying his two-year-old son, left the sidewalk to avoid pedestrians.

Police said Blacknell was cycling along the road and his bag brushed past the father.

He then stopped his bike and pulled out a knife in front of the man and his partner, while muttering unfamiliar words and acting threatening before riding his bike away.

Blacknell left the scene to be tracked down by police and found nearby.

He was later arrested on suspicion of possession of a sharp item and public order offences.

Blacknell was charged and remanded in custody before appearing in Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on May 27, where he was jailed for 12 months.

Officers from Group E in Boston worked with colleagues from Boston CID in an effort to secure his conviction.

Inspector Alina Ames said: ‘This was a great result following the quick action of our officers and the CPS.

“No criminal behavior will be tolerated.

“Carrying a knife is not only illegal, but increases the risk of serious injury.”


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