Armed police storm Cambridgeshire Starbucks to arrest knifeman having a coffee

  • Ryan Miller, 36, was arrested by armed police inside a busy Starbucks

Armed police stormed a Starbucks branch to arrest a man who was brandishing a knife in public and tried to force his way into his ex-partner's flat.

Ryan Miller, 36, was arrested in the Orton Centre Starbucks near Peterborough on 12 January after a 999 call told police he was threatening to stab someone.

Miller had been outside his ex-partner's home twice that morning, making threats to stab her and her new partner and throw petrol bombs at the address.

Miller, of no fixed address, turned up at the house for a third time brandishing a kitchen knife and began kicking the front door.

He made his way to his friend's house where he told them about what he had done, had the knife taken from him and went to Starbucks where he was arrested by armed police.

Ryan Miller, of no fixed address, allegedly made threats to kill his ex-partner. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

He appeared at Huntingdon Law Courts on Thursday where he was sentenced to nine months in prison after previously admitting being in possession of a knife in a public place.

Miller was also charged with making threats to kill, which he denied and was accepted in court, but made subject of a 10-year restraining order prohibiting from contacting his ex-partner.

Det Con Jon Coupland, who investigated, said: “This was understandably a frightening ordeal for those involved, as well as members of the public who were present when armed police arrived at the coffee shop to arrest Miller.

“I would like to thank those who called us that day and supported our investigation. I hope the sentence will give Miller some time to reflect on his actions and make better decisions in the future.”

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