Teenager threatened to stab passers-by in busy Nottingham street

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A teenage girl spent 12 hours in a cell after standing in a city street shouting that she was "going to stab someone."

Takeaway cafe worker Sana Khan, 18, handed over a knife when police arrived on Haydn Road one afternoon, city magistrates heard.

She was given eight weeks custody, suspended for a year, after admitting having a knife in public on September 25. A government surcharge of £115 and £85 prosecution costs were ordered from Khan of Exeter Road, Nottingham.

Presiding magistrate Laura Woodings told her: "There is no doubt what happened was very serious.

"Haydn Road is very busy, there is a school down there. It was 4pm and people were clearly alarmed because they called the police to say there was someone shouting that you were going to stab someone."

Christine Ofosu-Ampadu, prosecuting, told the court: "The man who called the police was visibly shaken.

"A member of the public said there was someone shouting that she was going to stab someone."

Nottingham Magistrates' Court

Nottingham Magistrates' Court

When officers arrived, Khan told them she had "a personality disorder and was receiving no help. Her explanation was that she had mental health problems," added Miss Ofosu-Ampadu.

Ran Johal, mitigating, said nobody saw the knife until Khan handed it to a police officer.

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"It was not being brandished and it was not in a dangerous situation," he told the two magistrates.

Khan had "mental health difficulties" and this affected her behaviour that day.

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"This was an isolated incident and was more of a cry for help than anything else. She was arrested and spent 12 hours in custody. It is not something she wishes to repeat," added Mr Johal.

The magistrates ordered the destruction of the knife.