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Newbury man sentenced to two years and four months imprisonment 

Following a Thames Valley Police investigation, a man has been sentenced to two years and four months’ imprisonment.

Thomas Britzman, aged 25, of Avon Way, Newbury pleaded guilty to one count of affray, two counts of assault by beating and one count of threatening a person with a blade/pointed article in a public place, at Reading Crown Court on Thursday (5/9). Britzman was sentenced on the same day. This is in connection with an incident that occurred between 11.30pm on Friday 23 November 2018 and 1.10am on Saturday 24 November 2018 in Thatcham town centre where Britzman was told to leave a bar after he threw items, such as glasses, bottles and a beer keg, at members of the public. Later, he returned with a plank of wood and a BBQ fork and continued to threaten people. Then, in a nearby car park, he used a knife to threaten a man in a car. Investigating officer, PC Nicholas Wilkinson, based at Newbury police station, said: “This was an unprovoked attack on a number of individuals and Britzman’s actions were unacceptable. “I hope this sentence shows that Thames Valley Police will not tolerate this sort of behaviour and offenders will be dealt with robustly. “We will work tirelessly to bring to justice those who carry knives and to prevent knife crime from taking place in our communities.”

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