A man has been jailed for three years and eight months for an incident at a fishing lake near Bradford on Avon.

Dale James Stagg, aged 38, of The Lye, Seend, was sentenced at Swindon Crown Court on March 14.

He had pleaded guilty to attempted robbery, possession of an offensive weapon and theft.

On January 5, Stagg threatened a 48-year-old man with an axe at a fishing lake in the Bradford on Avon area.

He shouted at the victim, who was camping at the site, and demanded he hand over money.

When the victim fought back, a struggle ensued and both men fell into the lake.

When Stagg made off, he left a balaclava and an axe at the scene – these were seized by police officers as part of the investigation.

When the victim returned to his tent, he noticed his mobile phone had been stolen.

An app installed on the phone was used to trace it which led officers to an address in Seend.

Officers gained entry to the premises and located Stagg and the mobile phone belonging to the victim and he was arrested.

Det Con Aaron Rowe, of Melksham CID, said: "Stagg attended the location brandishing an axe – he had every intention of causing fear and intimidation to those at the site.

"He was aggressive and threatening as he launched his attack on his victim, who fortunately, was not left with any serious injuries.

"Stagg then left the site and returned to an address in Seend where he attempted to cover any signs of a disturbance taking place.

"I am satisfied that he has been given a custodial sentence which reflects the seriousness of his actions."