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A HAMPSHIRE man who threatened firefighters with a fake gun after launching into a rage as they attempted to extinguish a bonfire in his garden was jailed for two years.

Monday, 1st April 2019, 9:47 pm
Updated Monday, 1st April 2019, 9:56 pm
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Andrew Lambert, 40, threatened to shoot the firefighters from a first floor window in July last year after they attended his house.

The imitation firearm was later identified as an ‘Airsoft’ BB rifle – painted black to make it look like a real firearm.

Lambert, of Winston Way, Ringwood, pleaded guilty to affray in December at Bournemouth Crown Court and was sentenced to 18 months in prison on Friday.

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He will also serve a further six months after a suspended sentence order was activated.

Detective constable Chris Orr said: ‘This was a frightening experience for the firefighters involved and we are delighted that the man responsible has been brought to justice.

‘This should send a warning to anyone else tempted to behave in this irresponsible and threatening manner.’