A 28 year old man has been jailed for 14 months after, armed with a replica gun, he threatened to kill passersby in a West Heath street, The Mirror reports. The man took matters into his own hands after being the victim of a mobile phone robbery earlier the same day.
Local man, Wayne Watts, had reported the robbery of his phone to West Midlands Police on 15th February. After attending and taking a statement, police drove around with Watts, looking for the offender, with no success.
A few hours later, Watts took matters into his own hands, taking to the streets brandishing a Smith and Wesson replica gun which he waved at people, including teenagers and people in passing cars, while shouting threats.
Armed police, dogs and helicopter descended on the Wychall Road / Chaddersley Road area following reports of an armed man in the street, arresting Watts at his home in Oakridge Road.
Read full details from court from the Mirror: Robbery victim jailed after threatening to kill passersby with ‘gun’ as he searched for attacker | Mirror [NB reference to Kings Heath in the article should read West Heath]