A BARNSLEY woman who chased a man into a store while waving a knife in front of terrified children has escaped jail.

Anna Poyzer, 33, pulled a knife out of the boot of her car after an incident with another vehicle in Brampton.

A subsequent confrontation quickly escalated, with Poyzer and her passenger arguing with the other motorist.

Prosecutor Michael Tooley told Sheffield Crown Court the argument spilled into the Dil Brothers convenience store, where Poyzer brandished a knife.

One witness said she was ‘terrified’ that Poyzer was going to stab the other driver.

Poyzer, of Bellbrooke Avenue, Darfield, admitted possessing a bladed article and affray.

The mum-of-three was said to have ‘health problems’, leading Recorder Kate Tulk to impose a more lenient sentence.

Having been handed a 12-month supervised community order, Tulk said psychiatric reports had persuaded her against imposing a jail term.

She said Poyzer would normally have been jailed, but she had suffered ‘difficulties for several years’ and it would be better if she was given treatment.