A MAN caused a security alert at Leeds railway station by telling police he was “planning a massacre”.
A court heard Christopher Weldon contacted West Yorkshire Police and spoke to them via a web chat, claiming that he was going to attack people at the city’s station.
Leeds Crown Court heard officers were dispatched to the railway station but nothing happened.
Weldon contacted police again later the same day and told them he wanted to kill someone.
He told a phone operator that he was carrying a sharpened blade, described what clothing he was wearing and said he would be in the Becketts Bank pub on Park Row.
Officers arrested Weldon outside HSBC Bank on Park Row and he was found in possession of an eight-inch blade.
Weldon told officers he made the calls as he was suffering from mental health problems and depression.
He said it was a “cry for help” as he wanted to be detained under the Mental Health Act. The court heard Weldon was instead held in Armley jail on remand after a doctor was unable to diagnose any mental health condition.
Weldon, a Yorkshire Water employee, was made the subject of a two community order.
Kate Bissett, mitigating, said: “He does become overwhelmed by life’s stresses.”
Miss Bissett said Weldon, 41, of Ibbotson Mews, Churwell, Leeds, had a breakdown in March 2016 and had suffered further depressive episodes due to financial problems and the breakdown of his marriage.
The Recorder of Leeds, judge Peter Collier, QC, said: “You tried to get yourself back into hospital but you ended up in Armley prison which would have been quite a wake-up call for you.”