A STROUD man has avoided jail after threatening a police officer with a knife.

Kenneth Burlison, 52, of The Bassetts in Cainscross pleaded guilty to the assault in Stroud on July 1.

At a hearing at Cheltenham Magistrates Court on August 29, Burlison was given a suspended jail sentence, which will come into force if he fails to complete a rehabilitation activity as directed by the court.

He was also ordered to pay compensation of £200.