Topless man who armed himself with hockey stick and knife in Northampton street avoids jail

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A Northampton man who was arrested after he armed himself with a knife and a hockey stick has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Police were called out to Friars Avenue in Northampton at 1.15am on July 17 and found Mark Beasley, aged 30, topless standing in the middle of the road.

Northampton Crown Court heard he was holding a hockey stick in one hand and a knife in the other.

Adrian Harris, prosecuting, said Beasley was shouting obscenities and racist insults and appeared to be “frothing at the mouth”.

Mr Harris said Beasley adopted an “aggressive posture” and said “you’re not arresting me”.

However, when an officer drew his taser and pointed the red light on Beasley’s chest he stood still and was detained.

In police interview Beasley said he had drunk 30 cans of lager during the previous 12 hours.

He told officers he had armed himself because “two Polish men” had attempted to rob his family at knifepoint after they got out of a taxi.

Beasley pleaded guilty to charges of affray, having an offensive weapon and possessing a knife in public.

Recorder Helen Mountfield QC sentenced Beasley to 16 months in prison, suspended for 16 months. He must also complete 20 days rehabilitation and 120 hours of unpaid work.