A ROW between two men living in a hostel for the homeless ended with one being chased down the street by the other who was brandishing a carving knife, a court heard yesterday.

Prosecutor Michael Hammond told Harrogate magistrates how a man known only as Jason had been living in the hostel, in Robert Street, Harrogate, on October 10.

Jason and Michael Fenton, another resident, had got into an argument and Fenton, 20, had thrown a punch.

But then he had produced a carving knife from behind his back and used it to threaten Jason.

Mr Hammond said Jason ran off down the street, chased by Fenton brandishing the knife.

A third resident called the police, who arrived to find Fenton still holding the weapon and arrested him.

He told them he had got the knife from the hostel's kitchen and had intended to use it to kill himself.

Fenton, now of Orchard Close, Shipley, Bradford, pleaded guilty to using threatening behaviour and unlawful possession of a knife. Charges of assault and affray were dropped.

Presiding magistrate Cecily Horton told Fenton the Bench needed to study probation reports before passing sentence and bailed him until January 21.