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Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Man jailed after entering Nottingham City Council offices with a knife saying he wanted to kill an MP

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A man who pulled out a knife at Nottingham City Council’s headquarters has been jailed.

Grant Smith who had consumed a significant quantity of alcohol said he wanted to kill an MP after entering Loxley House with a nine-inch kitchen knife.

Council staff who heard him shout his threats called the police, officers arrived and  arrested him.

The 49-year-old, of Canal Street, Nottingham, has been jailed for 12 months after he pleaded guilty to a string of offences at Nottingham Crown Court.

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He admitted having a blade in a public place, using threatening or abusive words likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress, and breaching a suspended sentence order.

Nottingham Crown Court heard Smith turned up at Loxley House with a can of Jack Daniels in his hand.

A security guard sitting at the front desk said Smith was slurring his words as he banged on the front doors shouting before holding a kitchen knife in the air.

Following the sentencing, PC Harry Johnson, who investigated the incident, said: “This was a frightening incident for those who witnessed it and it is right Smith is now serving a prison sentence.

“Council security and response officers acted swiftly which prevented Smith harming anyone. It is hoped that he receives treatment for his problems whilst in prison.

“We take knife crime reports very seriously are committed to ensuring that Nottinghamshire is a safe place to live, work and socialise.”

Councillor Sam Webster, Portfolio Holder for Finance and Resources at Nottingham City Council, said: “This was a very distressing incident for our staff at Loxley House, who should be able to carry out their work without being subjected to this kind of intimidating and frightening behaviour.

“Our security staff dealt with the situation well and we’re grateful to them, and to the court for taking this matter seriously.”