A KNIFEMAN from Hereford who damaged a police van has been sentenced.

Ashley White was handed a community order and a fine after his appearance at Hereford Magistrates’ Court on July 2. He previously entered guilty pleas to one count of criminal damage to property valued under £5,000 and one count of possessing a knife blade in a public place when he appeared before magistrates on June 12.


The 33-year-old of Pomona Place, Hereford, who was said to have been “reckless” as to whether the police van was damaged or destroyed when he committed the offence on January 16, must now attend rehabilitation activities for up to 20 days over the next 18 months.

White also admitted bringing a Stanley knife into Hereford’s Asda supermarket on the same date. For this offence, he was fined £50.

Lauren Millichip, prosecuting, did not specify what kind of damage had been done to the police van, but said that White had no lawful excuse to be carrying the knife.

White must also pay costs to the Crown Prosecution Service of £85.