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Man who pulled knife on occupants of car that swerved to avoid him is jailed

PUBLISHED: 10:31 21 July 2018 | UPDATED: 15:55 21 July 2018

Benjamin Hammond (pictured) has been jailed for 18 months after pulling a knife on the occupants of a car that narrowly missed him. Picture: Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Benjamin Hammond (pictured) has been jailed for 18 months after pulling a knife on the occupants of a car that narrowly missed him. Picture: Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Cambridgeshire Constabulary

A man who confronted the occupants of a car that narrowly missed him and pulled a knife on the passenger has been jailed.

The driver was forced to swerve after Benjamin Hammond, 23, walked in front of his car in Wisbech Market Place, a court heard.

As he narrowly avoided him, Hammond reacted wildly and opened the passenger door of the Seat Leon and pulled a small knife on the passenger, a man in his 30s.

He then went and confronted the driver, also in his 30s, who had already got out of the car.

Hammond took the car keys and threw them away further along the road but then picked them up and offered to give them back in exchange for an apology.

The driver refused but Hammond handed them over anyway before making off, the court heard.

Hammond, of Mill Close, Wisbech, was arrested and admitted being involved but denied having the knife.

However, he was found guilty of making threats with a knife in a public place following a trial at Cambridge Crown Court earlier this month and on Friday was jailed for 18 months at Peterborough Crown Court.

He received 16 month sentences for both offences, to run concurrently, and a further two months for breaching a suspended sentence for an offence of grievous bodily harm.

DC Simon Rust, who investigated, said: “The victims in this case feared for their safety and were understandably shaken.

“We take all knife crime seriously. It can have devastating consequences and the sentence should act as a deterrent to others carrying weapons.”

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