Devon

Stockland police axe threat man Simon Birks in court

A man accused of threatening a police officer with an axe and attacking a police car has appeared before magistrates in Exeter, Devon.

Simon Birks, 50, previously of Axminster, Devon, was charged with attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent.

The alleged incident took place at Stockland, near Honiton, in April.

Mr Birks was released on bail and is due to appear at Exeter Crown Court on 24 July.

He has also been charged with having an axe without lawful authority and causing criminal damage to a police vehicle.

No one was injured in the incident, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

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