Axminster axe threat man Simon Birks in court

A 50-year-old Axminster man accused of attacking a police car with an axe and threatening a police officer has appeared at Exeter Crown Court.

Simon Birks is charged with three counts of having an offensive weapon at Stockland, Devon, in April.

He is also charged with causing criminal damage to a police car and attempting to cause grievous bodily harm to a police officer.

Mr Birks was released on bail to a hospital to re-appear in October.

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