Ryan Miller, 36, was arrested by armed police in the Orton Centre Starbucks on January 12, 2024.

The arrest came after Cambridgeshire Police received a 999 call stating he had a kitchen knife and he was going to stab someone.

That morning, Miller, of no fixed address, went to his ex-partner’s home. On the first visit he took a dog, but then returned with it a short while later.

It was reported to police that he’d called his ex and her new partner several times, making threats to stab them and petrol bomb the address.

Miller then turned up at the address for a third time, brandishing a kitchen knife and began kicking the front door.

He didn’t get in, and made his way to a friend’s house nearby where he told them about what he’d just done. They took the knife off him.

Miller and the friend then went to Starbucks where armed police located them, arresting Miller for being in possession of a knife in public and stalking.

He appeared at Huntingdon Law Court on Thursday (28 March) where he was sentenced to nine months in prison after previously admitting being in possession of a knife in a public place.

Miller was also charged with making threats to kill, which he denied and was accepted in court, but made subject of a 10-year restraining order prohibiting from contacting his ex-partner.

Peterborough Matters: Ryan MillerRyan Miller (Image: Cambridgeshire Police)

Detective Constable Jon Coupland, who investigated, 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.”

Anyone with concerns or information about someone who carries a weapon can report online via the force’s dedicated weapons information page.

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