Jail for man caught carrying machete in Peterborough

Damian Garner jailed for seven months

By Stephen Briggs
Wednesday, 4th May 2022, 5:00 am

Police have issued a warning against carrying knives in Peterborough after a man who was caught with a machete in the city was jailed.

Damian Garner, 43, was walking on a footpath near River Lane at just after midnight on 14 December when he was approached by two officers who had been called to reports of a disturbance on a nearby boat.

Garner, of Princes Street, Peterborough, admitted he had a weapon, before revealing the machete tucked into his waistband and placing it on the ground.

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The machete recovered by police

On Thursday (28 April) at Peterborough Crown Court, Garner was jailed for seven months, having pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed article in public at a previous hearing.

PC Patrick Meadows, from Cambridgeshire Police said: “There is absolutely no excuse for carrying a weapon like this in public.

“The fact that Garner was jailed simply for having this in his possession shows how seriously the courts take this issue.”