A 36-year-old man has been jailed after he threatened to 'slash up' a teenager to steal his bike, following a British Transport Police investigation.
Peter Herring, of Derwent Street, Hull, pleaded guilty to robbery on Monday 13 February at Hull Crown Court and was jailed for three and a half years.
The court heard how on Thursday 7 October 2021, the then 17-year-old victim was approached by Herring in the car park of Hull Paragon Interchange, who asked him for some tobacco.
He then told the victim to hand over his bike otherwise he would 'slash him up', before lifting his shirt and gesturing to what the victim assumed was the handle of a knife, tucked into the waistband of his trousers.
Scared for his safety the victim handed over his bike and Herring rode off on it.
The victim reported what had happened to police, and officers searched the area and found his bike in a grassed area.
Eagle-eyed officers then spotted Herring nearby who was forensically linked to the crime and later identified by the victim.
Investigating officer DC Richard Soare said: "This was a terrifying and completely unprovoked encounter for the young man, who was understandably left shaken by the threats made by Herring.
"Herring is an opportunist criminal, who knew full well the fear his threats would cause, intimidating the victim to the extent that he felt he had no option other than to hand over his own property to escape injury or worse.
“I am pleased to see that Herring will now face the consequences of his actions in the form of a significant jail term.”