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Grantham man claimed to have shotgun down his trousers, court hears

A man who wasted 30 hours of police time and caused armed officers to be deployed when he claimed to have a shotgun down his trousers was given a suspended jail sentence.

Samuel Davis, 23, made repeated calls to the Lincolnshire Police control room claiming that he was going to "stab someone" and was armed with two machetes and a loaded shotgun.

Lincoln Crown Court heard Davis made his way to the front of Grantham Police Station shortly after 1am and could be seen holding two large kitchen knives in his left hand.

Lincoln Crown Court (24490214)
Lincoln Crown Court (24490214)

Lisa Hardy, prosecuting, said Davis continued to make malicious phone calls to the police in which he made more threats as he paced up and down the street outside the police station.

Miss Hardy told the court: "As a result of the threats, three armed units needed to be deployed from Sleaford which took 30 minutes.

"When they arrived his attitude changed. Tasers were drawn and he was immediately compliant. A bottle of Jack Daniels was found nearby.

"Unfortunately, he claimed to have left the shotgun in a bin near the police station which required a large search and officers with dogs to be deployed

"After that search was completed he later claimed to have left the shotgun in an alleyway with the cartridges which caused more searches to be carried out.

"In total, it is estimated 30 hours of police time were wasted. In interview he admitted he never had a shotgun, and none was ever found."

The court heard Davis made a total of six malicious calls to the police and was also found with a small amount of cannabis.

In mitigation the court heard Davis was ashamed of his behaviour and had a decent job working for an Armed Forces removal company which helped him support his children.

Davis, of Stour Court, Grantham, pleaded guilty to wasting police time, affray, making malicious phone calls and possessing cannabis. All the offences occurred on October 26.

He was sentenced to nine months' imprisonment suspended for two years and must complete 150 hours of unpaid work in the community.

Passing sentence, Recorder Patrick Upward QC warned Davis that any further offences would see him in jail.

The Recorder said: "I have no idea what you were thinking. You were addled on Jack Daniels, ecstasy and cannabis."

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