A man from Essex has been jailed after police found one of his children sitting on a samurai sword inside his car.

Jamie Hayden was stopped by police in West Mersea last July during a routine 'stop and search'.

Officers were shocked to find a young child sitting on the weapon inside the vehicle and also discovered a large hunting knife.

Hayden was jailed for six months for possession of a knife and possession of an offensive weapon.

Our officers carried out a routine stop check and were shocked to find two young children in arm’s length of weapons.

Investigating officer Dc Kirsty Brannon, of the Child Abuse Investigation Team