Bad blood over an alleged burglary led to a man threatening a neighbour with a steak knife.
Preston Crown Court heard Stewart Cunningham denied taking part in the break-in and police took no further action.
However, he threatened the woman who thought he was responsible for the accusation after he bumped into her in the street.
Cunningham, 49, of Central Drive, Blackpool admitted threatening a person with a bladed article in a public place
The woman had been in her back garden with her four-year-old son, playing football on July 30 this year. Clare Thomas, prosecuting at Preston Crown court, said the child saw the defendant walking down an alley.
Cunningham was heard to swear at the child and the mother told him not to do that. Cunningham told her to shut up, said the prosecution.
He then swore at her and was holding a knife that had a four inches long serrated blade.
Cunningham was given 12 months prison, suspended for two years, with two years supervision.