A former soldier who pointed a replica gun at a bus full of terrified passengers has been jailed for five years.
On November 30 last year, Ian Kinney, who has served in Bosnia and Northern Ireland, left his home in William Street, Long Eaton, and walked around town pointing a BB rifle at motorists and then at a bus full of passengers.
Armed officers were sent to the scene and a rubber bullet was fired at Kinney, 38, who then surrendered.
Kinney, who had been drinking all afternoon, was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court after pleading guilty to possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
Passenger Francesca Culley, 16, said Kinney had walked slowly toward the bus.
“We saw him turn the gun at the bus driver,” she said.
“It looked like the front of the gun was up against the glass. It all went very quiet.”
Kinney had been suffering from symptoms similar to post-traumatic stress, the court heard.
After the hearing, Det Insp Emlyn Richards said: “By brandishing this weapon in public, Kinney struck fear into the hearts and minds of innocent people who were simply going about their business.
“Although it turned out to be an imitation gun, the people involved were not aware of that and were no less terrified than if it had been real.”
Click here for CCTV footage of the terrifying events that night.