Sheffield man jailed for carrying meat cleaver

Date published: 12 July 2022 00:23
Dated: 12 July 2022 01:22:39
A man who was caught carrying a meat cleaver around the streets of Sheffield has been jailed.
 
Joshua Hancock, 27, of Charter Row, was spotted by officers acting suspiciously in London Road at around 3:05pm on 1 July.
 
Officers followed Hancock on to Sharrow Lane and attempted to speak with him, however Hancock decided to run, and a short chase was pursued.
 
The officers quickly caught Hancock and as they apprehended him, a six-inch meat cleaver fell from his possession, to which he stated, “That’s not mine”.
 
Hancock was arrested and later charged with possession of a bladed article and obstructing a police officer.
 
Further checks also revealed that Hancock was also wanted for failing to appear at Sheffield Magistrate’s Court in June, for possession of a bladed article.
 
Hancock appeared before Sheffield Magistrates Court on Friday (8 July) and was sentenced to nine months imprisonment.
 
Investigating officer PC Matt Walker said: “Using knives as a weapon can have a devastating impact on a person’s life, it can even result in their death. It also has a knock-on impact on communities, who are left fearing for their safety.
 
“We don’t tolerate knife crime and we will continue to work hard and prosecute those who are caught carrying them.”
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