‘TERROR’ man, 25, is jailed

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A MAN who terrified residents after running riot with an iron bar has been jailed for eight months.

David Armitage, 25, formerly of Bridge Farm Close, Mildenhall, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court on Tuesday to face sentencing for affray and possessing an offensive weapon.

On the evening of February 24, Armitage answered the call of his friend, Sean Brown, 23, who called him to say he was being attacked.

Armitage armed himself before heading to Bridge Farm Close to assist his friend, according to prosecutor Naomi Turner.

The pair then terrorised the street, kicking cars, shouting at neighbours and being abusive to police officers.

Mrs Turner said Brown - who was jailed for 16 weeks in connection with the same incident last month - had become abusive when he was told to stop kicking a parked car.

When two men closed the communal door of the flats due to fears for their safety, Armitage emerged with the iron bar.

Armitage said to the men ‘let’s talk’ before threatening them, saying: “I know where you live. I’m going to get my boys round.”

One of the men told police afterwards that he was ‘very scared’ and feared attack.

When police officers arrived at the scene they found that Armitage was no longer carrying a weapon.

However, Brown was abusive to oficers - who were forced to call for back up.

The court heard that Armitage had nine previous convictions for 17 offences including affray and possession of an offensive weapon.

Roger Harrison, in mitigation, said Armitage was an ‘impulsive young man’ who was drinking to ease the pain of the death of his grandmother who had helped to raise him.

A restraining order was also made, banning Armitage from going to Bridge Farm Close indefinitely.