Preston man threatened to stab residents after barbecue

A man armed himself with a knife and threatened to slice his neighbours when they spurned his offer to go to his home and listen to music.

Tuesday, 30th March 2021, 12:30 pm

Stewart Scott, 33, of Prospect Place, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston, had joined a group of other residents who were drinking and having a barbecue on their terraced street on May 25, last year, Preston's Sessions House Court heard.

Ellen Shaw, prosecuting, said: "There were a number of calls made to police from people on Prospect Place.

"All had remained fine until later, when the defendant became intoxicated and invited others back to his house to play loud music.

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"When they declined Mr Scott became agitated and upset and angry."

The court heard around 15 minutes later Scott was seen returning up the alleyway armed with a stick in one hand and a kitchen knife in the other.

He said: " F*** you lot, I'm going to slice you up."

The barbecue host picked up a wheelie bin to protect himself and Scott retreated away.

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A witness saw him armed with two knives.

The host threw a bottle at him and followed Scott home so that he could direct the police to his property.

Officers forced entry and saw Scott holding a mobile phone and a kitchen knife. They ordered him to get onto his knees.

He was abusive to officers.

In an interview he denied any wrongdoing, having a knife or making threats, but accepted he couldn't remember everything that had occurred

However, Scott, who has 14 convictions for 30 offences, later pleaded guilty to affray.

Anthony Parkinson, defending, said he had a difficult background and had developed an alcohol dependency at 13, which he was still struggling with.

Imposing 11 months in jail, suspended for two years, a rehabilitation requirement and alcohol treatment, Recorder Alex Leach said: "This involved threats with a weapon and caused serious fear to those who witnessed it.

But he accepted he had been suffering from mental health difficulties as a result of trauma and was making efforts to control his drinking.

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