Wrexham man terrified boys with hunting knife

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TWO schoolboys were terrified when a man showed them a Rambo-style hunting knife and said he wanted a ride on one of their bicycles.

After he had ridden a bicycle with one of them on the back, he put his arm around the boy and told him: “Let that be a lesson.”

Scott Langford, 21, of Colliery Road, Wrexham, admitted carrying a blade and four motoring offences, including drink-driving.

He was jailed him for nine months at Mold Crown Court and was also disqualified from driving for a year.

Emmalyne Downing, prosecuting, said on January 4 two boys, aged 13 and 14, were riding bicycles in Wrexham when they were approached by Langford.

When both refused to give him a ride he produced a knife, pointed the hilt towards them and asked: “Does it look like I’m joking?”

“The boys described it as a combat-style knife like the one you got in Rambo,” said Miss Downing.

Police tracked down Langford and found him sleeping on his sofa at home with the hunting knife at his side. He had another knife in his waistband.

On February 8 police stopped a car without lights in the Johnstown area and found Langford at the wheel, smelling of drink.

The vehicle belonged to a friend and Langford had no licence or insurance.

He was found to have 47 microgrammes of alcohol in his 100 millilitres of breath compared to the legal limit of 35mgs.

Catherine Jagger, defending, said Langford had no intention of using the knife and had no previous convictions for violence. He recognised the young boys were terrified.

The incident involving the knife was not planned and Langford had no recollection of the incident because of the amount he had to drink.

Judge Niclas Parry said: “Young people who carry knives on the streets of North Wales must understand they are going into custody.”

Langford had chances before and was only just out of a suspended sentence.

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