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Man sentenced for drugs offence and threatening staff member - Essex

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A man has been sentenced to six weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, after threatening a member of London underground staff with a knife.

Daniel Philp, aged 21, of Barfields, Loughton, Essex, pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour, possession of an offensive weapon in a public place and possession of a controlled drug of Class B – cannabis.

The incident happened on Saturday 18 March at South Woodford underground station.

Philp was at the station on the platform and was approached by a member of staff who asked him to take a step back from the edge of the platform as he was very close.

Philp began to threaten the member of staff with a knife.

The member of staff left the platform and called for police assistance.

BTP officers attended and arrested Philp. Upon searching him, he was found to have a knife and a bag of cannabis on him.

Philp pleaded guilty to the offences and was sentenced to six weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months. He was also ordered to carry out 50 hours of unpaid work, pay £100 compensation, £115 victim surcharge and £85 court costs.

He was sentenced at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on Monday 16 October. 

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