Raging motorist menaces parking officer with bread knife over £2.50 unpaid toll

A man has been jailed after threatening a law enforcement office with a bread knife over an unpaid bridge toll.

Owen Miller, 60, lost his temper when he realised his Mercedes had been clamped over non-payment of the £2.50 charge for using the Dartford Crossing in Kent, and ran furiously towards Terence Mytton.

Footage from Mr Mytton's body-worn camera shows Miller wielding an eight-inch knife close to the officer's face and body.

Miller then holds Mr Mytton at knifepoint and forces him to return to his vehicle to unclamp it.

Mr Mytton, a former British army soldier who suffers from PTSD, feared he was going to be stabbed.

He can be heard pleading with Miller: "Don't do it mate. I have got children."

Miller, from Dorset, was jailed for eight months after he pleaded guilty to a charge of threatening a person with a bladed article in a public place, reports the Daily Mirror.

Stuart Ellacott, prosecuting, told Bournemouth Crown Court that Mr Mytton went to Miller's address to carry out a warrant issued by Northamptonshire County Court.

Mr Mytton found Miller's Mercedes at the rear of his house in the village of West Moors and clamped it before speaking to the defendant at his front door.

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Mr Ellacott said Miller was "aggressive" towards Mr Mytton, "as if he wanted to fight".

He said: "Mr Mytton stepped back trying to keep distance and that part of the incident came to an end with Mr Mytton handing over paperwork."

Miller then returned inside before coming back out armed with the bread knife.

After Mr Mytton agreed to unclamp the car Miller apologised to the victim who replied: "It's a bit late for that, you could have killed me."

A victim's personal statement from Mr Mytton said he had a history of PTSD from his time in the army and following this incident he struggled to leave his flat.

He said he suffers from anxiety and depression as a result of Miller's attack.

Rob Griffiths, mitigating, said the incident was "out of character" and Miller failed to seek help for stress due to going through a divorce.

He said Miller wanted to apologise to Mr Mytton.

In jailing Miller for the attack that happened on June 17, 2021, Recorder Hannah Willcocks QC described the incident as "terrifying".

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