A young offender has been jailed for a crime spree that included robbery, attacks on police officers and threats to stab members of the public.

Ryan Williams, 19, was sentenced at Truro Crown Court to four years in a young offenders’ facility after pleading guilty to assaulting an emergency worker, a racially aggravated harassment offence, robbery, two attempted robberies, criminal damage, further public order offences and possession of Class A drugs.

Williams most recently resided in Penzance but all of the offences took place in Camborne, where he was living at the time, between November 2023 and the end of January 2024.

On 23 November 2023 Williams was arrested in Camborne town centre by plain clothes officers on a separate matter and as he was arrested he kicked an officer to the groin. He continued to be abusive and resistant and made racial slurs at another officer.

When Williams was searched at the station Class A drugs were found in his possession.

Williams, on December 27 2023, threatened two people at a property in Camborne with a large machete type knife in an attempted robbery. He left empty handed.

Then, on January 2 2024 Williams attended a business in Camborne at approximately 9.30am. He demanded money and threatened to stab a staff member, telling him he’d be waiting for him outside.

Williams then proceeded to be verbally abusive and threatened to stab an intervening security staff member. A short while later he returned to the business and continued to shout abuse and threats to staff inside.

Later, on January 6, Williams took part in a planned street robbery where he met someone who was selling an Xbox on Facebook.

Once he met the seller he has pushed her over, in the presence of her young son and grabbed the Xbox and then ran away.