Essex

Man who had machete on train in Essex jailed

The 15in machete found by police Image copyright British Transport Police
Image caption Police found this machete on a train in Essex

A man who had a 15in (38.1cm) machete on board a train has been jailed.

Gloire Pongo, 26, of Guildford Road, London, had the blade on a Greater Anglia service between Colchester and Witham in Essex on 20 January.

British Transport Police officers boarded the train after reports of a man waving a machete and found the weapon during a search.

He pleaded guilty to possessing a bladed article and was jailed for nine months at Chelmsford Crown Court.

British Transport Police said that a Taser was "drawn but not deployed" during Pongo's arrest.

The court heard Pongo had himself been the victim of a serious stabbing several years before.

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