A yob jailed last year for wielding a machete near a busy play area is wanted on recall to prison.

Police have issued an urgent appeal to try and track down 20-year-old Lee Mapstone.

The 6ft tall man is wanted on recall to prison, Wiltshire Police said.

The force urged people not to approach him if they see him but instead call 999.

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Lee Mapstone Picture: WILTSHIRE POLICE

Last year, Mapstone was jailed for 27 months after he admitted affray, possession of a knife and other offences.

He had been given a chance by a judge in late February despite driving along the pavement as he raced away from police.

But within a month he assaulted a young shop worker who confronted him over stealing and 10 days later he was in the street near a school with the huge knife.

Then 18, the youngster already had 72 previous convictions. On March 19 last year he and a friend went into the Co-op in Windbrook Meadow, Upper Stratton, and stuffed meat from a store fridge under their jumpers. When a shop worker asked them to put the items back, Mapstone kneed him in the stomach and punched him in the face.

Barely a week later Mapstone was in Alton Close, Penhill, when he pulled a 3ft machete from a sheath inside the front of his trousers. He held it up with his arms outstretched, shouting “I am going to kill you” before slashing the knife through the air.

Jailing him, Judge Robert Pawson said: “I was prepared to take a chance with you. I am afraid it was a mistake.”