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Man jailed for possessing machete on board Essex train

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A man who threatened a passenger on board a train with a knife, and was later arrested by BTP officers, has been handed a prison sentence. 

Gloire Pongo, of Guildford Road, Newham, appeared before Colchester Crown Court on 10 April where he was handed the nine month jail term and ordered to pay a £140 victim surcharge. 

On 20 January, a passenger on board a train travelling between Hythe and Witham reported that Pongo had pulled out a large hunting knife, threatening him. 

Following this report, officers worked swiftly with Greater Anglia trains to identify the service and intercept it at Witham station. The 25-year-old was found on the service and detained by officers equipped with TASER devices. 

At court, Pongo pleaded guilty to possessing a bladed article in a public place. 

Inspector Mark Hook from British Transport Police, said: “This is a frightening weapon and I am really pleased we were able to intercept the train and arrest Pongo quickly. He is now rightfully behind bars. 

“This case exemplifies the strength of our relationship with the rail industry. Together, we reacted quickly to a report of a man in possession of a knife, we identified the train and met it, later detaining a man with no harm coming to passengers. 

“We’ll continue to work closely with all our rail industry partners to drive out knife crime, and send a very clear message that possessing these potentially deadly weapons will not be tolerated.”

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