Imran Ali, 38, of Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, had pulled out the knife after approaching a man in Peterborough city centre earlier that day.

Ali then walked off. The victim reported the incident in July 2022 to police. 

Officers identified Ali from CCTV, and later found him asleep in the grounds of Peterborough Cathedral with his head resting on a blue holdall.

Inside the holdall was the knife, bolt cutters and pliers.

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Ali was arrested and later found guilty of possession of a knife and going equipped for theft.

He was sentenced to six months in prison at Cambridge Crown Court on January 25.

Detective Sergeant Rich Ellison, who investigated, said: "Any crimes involving possession of knives are treated extremely seriously and I welcome this prison sentence.

"Tackling knife crime is a force priority and we will do everything in our power to get weapons off the streets of Cambridgeshire.

"We all have a duty to protect our communities from harm and I would urge anyone who suspects someone is carrying a knife to call us on 101 or 999 in an emergency."