A man who made threats of violence and unleashed homophobic abuse at two people in the street has been given a suspended sentence.

Gregory Knight, 59, verbally abused and threatened violence against two men in their forties in Queens Road in Slough on July 7 last year.

Knight, who lives on the same road, was reported and arrested by police the next day.

At Slough Magistrates' Court on Friday, February 12, he was given 16 weeks in jail, suspended for 12 months, for two public order crimes.

Investigating officer, PC Andrew Cook of Slough police station, said: “This incident occurred in a residential street, involving Knight using homophobic language towards these two victims as well as threatening them with violence.

“It caused the victims great offence and distress, and I am pleased that they made this report to Thames Valley Police so that we could act upon it and investigate, resulting in Knight’s arrest and charge.

“Incidents of this nature can often go unreported to police, so I would like to commend and thank the victims for their dignity and bravery in doing the right thing and reporting Knight’s wholly unacceptable actions.

“It is vitally important that people come forward to report these offences to us, whether they are a victim themselves or it has happened to someone else.

“Victims of verbal abuse are often unclear as to whether an offence has been committed or believe there is little they can do, but there are laws in place to protect victims from it.

“No one should have to accept being targeted like this. These types of offences will not be tolerated in the Thames Valley.

“If you, or someone you know, is ever a victim of incidents such as this, please make a report to Thames Valley Police by calling 101, or make a report online. Alternatively you can report to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 11, which is 100 per cent anonymous.”