Man armed with pizza knife fell six foot off scaffolding while being chased by police

An armed man has been jailed after he was caught in the street with a pizza knife by police.

Connor Shaw, aged 29, of Dawson Avenue, near Upper Haugh, Rotherham, failed to stop for police near Canklow Road, Rotherham, and as he was chased on foot he dropped a serated pizza knife, Sheffield Crown Court heard.James Gould, prosecuting, told the hearing on October 8 that police had been called to Canklow Road on June 5 and Shaw was told by an officer to stay where he was but he swore and ran away.

Mr Gould added Shaw dropped a pizza knife and tried climbing scaffolding but he fell six feet to the ground and was arrested following a struggle.

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Judge David Dixon told Shaw: “For whatever reason you were in the street with a blade in your pocket and, as the police approached, you were in the process of discarding that blade knowing you should not have it.”

Connor Shaw has been jailed for eight months

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Shaw stated he had not used the knife to threaten anyone and he had simply dropped it after he was pursued by the police, according to Mr Gould.

The defendant, who has 27 previous convictions for 51 offences, pleaded gulty to possessing a bladed article in public.

Joy Merriam, defending, said Shaw has self-harming issues and he had been unable to harm himself with the knife because it was blunt and he had put it in his pocket.

Judge Dixon sentenced Shaw who has been remanded in custody since August to eight months of custody.