The woman was jailed in Liverpool for over two years after she attempted to burn down a hostel while waving around a knife.
Angela Marie Roberts (54 years old), of London Road in Liverpool, was sentenced on Wednesday, 1 November to 2 years and 8 months imprisonment at Liverpool Crown Court.
She plead guilty to possessing a bladed article and arson with reckless disregard for life.
On 17 May officers on patrol were in Church Street and the centre of Liverpool when they saw Roberts wave a knife at them. Roberts was arrested for having a knife on public property.
In the early morning hours of December 30, last year, officers responded to Anne Fowler House in Fraser Street following a complaint that a woman had attempted to light a door with toilet paper and lighter. She failed. A fire started in the room after which Roberts was arrested and charged. Roberts, who was arrested later and accused of the crime.
In a statement about this case, detective inspector Neil Dillon stated: “Both Roberts incidents caused danger to the public’s lives and distress for those who were involved.”
The officers who were on patrol managed to detain Roberts before she was able to harm anyone else. “She also placed more lives at risk when she lit fire to the building where other residents resided.”
The detective inspector Dillon said: “The misuse of knives has devastating effects, both for victims and their families as well as for those who are involved.”
Our officers will remove anyone who stores or carries weapons by using stop-and-search powers, land searches and warrants, and working with partners to educate people. “We continue to pursue those who are involved in knife crimes”.
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