Man jailed for imitation firearms offence

Tuesday, 27th March 2018

A COLESHILL man has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to a prison term after admitting committing an offence with an imitation firearm.

On the morning of 31 January 2018, Matthew Hoare, 45, of Church Hill, Coleshill, was asked to leave a café on Church Hill after he went in there drunk.

At 1.20pm that afternoon, Hoare went back to the café, knocked on the window, and pointed an imitation firearm at the man who had asked him to leave.

The incident led to armed officers being deployed in the town.

Hoare was arrested by officers from British Transport Police on 2 February 2018.

He pleaded guilty to possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and on Friday (23 March) was sentenced to 35 months in prison at Warwickshire Crown Court.

Detective Sergeant Carl Buckley said: “This was a terrifying incident for everyone in the café at the time. They wouldn’t have known that the firearm wasn’t real or what Hoare’s intentions were.”