Angry Martin Williams threatened to set fire to a police station with petrol and a lighter – after accusing officers of stealing £350 from his house.
The 43-year-old doused the foyer of Longton police station with fuel just a day after officers were called to a fire at his Sandford Hill home.
Members of the public looked on in horror as Williams pulled out a plastic lighter to ignite the petrol.
But the defendant was disarmed by a police officer using CS spray and arrested outside the Sutherland Road station.If not for them tackling him, does anyone doubt he’d have managed it?
Now Williams has walked from Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court with a suspended prison sentence after admitting threatening to damage or destroy the police station on September 7 last year.*sigh*
Oh, that £350? What happened to it?
In his police interview, Williams, who now lives with his parents in Canberra Crescent, Meir, apologised for the incident. He later found the £350 he believed had been stolen.He should have it confiscated.