Hampshire Constabulary

Ringwood man jailed for threatening firefighters

News   •   Apr 01, 2019 14:37 BST

A Ringwood man who threatened two firefighters with an imitation firearm has been jailed.

The Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service officers were called to the Winston Way home of Andrew Lambert, aged 40, at around 10pm on 21 July 2018.

As they dealt with a bonfire in his garden, Lambert threatened to shoot the officers from a first floor window.

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

Lambert pleaded guilty to affray on 3 December at Bournemouth Crown Court and was sentenced on 29 March to 18 months in prison.

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.”