Meat cleaver attacker stopped by passerby

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A judge has praised a woman who stepped in to protect a man being attacked in the street with a meat cleaver.

Jonathan Thornley had already slashed at his victim with the meat cleaver when Nicola Hingston stepped between the pair.

She pushed Thornley in the chest, he then swung the meat cleaver at her, but missed and ran off.

Thornley was jailed for two and a half years for the incident in Louth, Lincolnshire, on 4 August.

The 32-year-old, of Jubilee Crescent, Louth, admitted affray and possessing an offensive weapon.

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Image caption Nicola Hingston came across the incident when she was dropped off near Jubilee Crescent

Judge Michael Heath said Ms Hingston had shown a "commendable degree of courage" and awarded her £250 out of public funds for her bravery.

She came across the incident when she was dropped off by taxi near to Jubilee Crescent on her way to visit her mother.

Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said: "She pushed the defendant in the chest and said to the other man to go.

"Thornley swung the meat cleaver at her but it missed."

Judge Heath also imposed an indefinite restraining order banning Thornley from contacting both Ms Hingston and her mother.

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