Man jailed for waving meat cleaver at Barnstaple boy racers

The meat cleaver used by Alan Robson Image copyright Crown Prosecution Service
Image caption The meat cleaver was recovered by police on steps leading to a block of flats

A vigilante has been jailed for waving a meat cleaver at a group of boy racers in a car park.

Alan Robson, 51, was jailed for nine months after he admitted having a bladed article in a public place.

Exeter Crown Court heard he had been drinking in a flat in Barnstaple, north Devon, in April when he became angry at young drivers racing round.

The prosecution said Mr Robson was previously convicted for punching a street entertainer for making noise.

Laura Searle, prosecuting, said on the night of the offence on 26 April police had been called to Queen Street car park to reports of a man brandishing a knife.

Drink problem

Assistant Judge Advocate General Alan Large, at Exeter Crown Court, told Mr Robson it had been a "potentially dangerous" situation.

"Any adult will understand your annoyance that people like these drivers cause but you went out armed with a meat cleaver," he said.

"They drove off but if they had not and had got out of their cars there could have been a confrontation."

Sean Brunton, defending, said Robson from The Square, North Molton, needed help to tackle a drink problem.

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