Police officers who chased an armed man through the streets of Hucknall as he wielded a knife have been praised for their bravery.
The two constables went to speak to a known offender, who was parked outside a shop on Watnall Road, and spotted the knife in the door of his car.
When challenged about the blade, the man grabbed the red-handled kitchen knife and made a run for it with the officers in hot pursuit.
David Gordon Fogg, 29, of no fixed address, was sentenced to nine months (40 weeks) in prison at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 31st July after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing.
“The officers in this case gave little thought for their own safety when they pursued Fogg who was armed,” said Neighbourhood Inspector, Nick Butler.
“Luckily they managed to detain him before he injured himself or others.”
The court heard that at about 9pm on Monday 14th July, police officers went to speak to the driver of a car which had stopped outside a supermarket in Watnall Road.
When officers challenged Fogg over the knife, which was in the door of the car, he grabbed it and attempted to make good his escape on foot.
Officers chased Fogg, who tried to scale a wall, and arrested him. He was then charged with possession of a bladed weapon.
“Fogg is well known to the police with several convictions for theft,” said arresting officer, PC Nathan Robinson, of Hucknall Police Station.
“Seeing the knife in his car immediately raised our suspicions and when he was challenged, Fogg decided to make a run for it.
“This sentence shows that there is no excuse for carrying a potentially lethal weapon and the dim view the courts take of being in a public place with a knife.”
These feelings were echoed by Hucknall’s Insp Butler who commended the actions his constables took to arrest the offender.
“This sentence reflects the hard work of officers to keep Hucknall and its community safe.”