Peterborough Starbucks arrest leads to jail for man who had knife

A man who was arrested by armed police in a Starbucks shop for possession of a knife and making threats against his ex-partner has been jailed.

Ryan Miller, from Peterborough, was jailed for nine months after admitting possessing a knife in a public place.

The 36-year-old was given a concurrent sentence of two months for threats and abusive language.

Miller was also given a 10-year restraining order, stopping him contacting his ex-partner.

Police were called to the coffee shop in Peterborough's Ortongate Shopping Centre on 12 January after receiving reports that Miller had a kitchen knife.

Officers said Miller, of Peterhead Close, Orton Southgate, went to his ex-partner's home on two occasions that morning and made phone calls to the woman and her new partner, making threats.

Miller returned to the house for a third time with a kitchen knife and began to kick the front door, police said.

After failing to get in, he went to a friend's house and the knife was taken off him.

Armed police found the pair at the Starbucks shop, where Miller was arrested in front of the shop's customers. He was sentenced at Huntingdon Law Court on Thursday.

Det Con Jon Coupland said: "This was understandably a frightening ordeal for those involved, as well as members of the public who were present when armed police arrived at the coffee shop to arrest Miller.

"I would like to thank those who called us that day and supported our investigation. I hope the sentence will give Miller some time to reflect on his actions and make better decisions in the future."

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