Newport flat police siege man pleads guilty

A man shot by police using a plastic bullet-like projectile during a three-hour stand off, has admitted a public order offence.

Simon Picken, 29, of Newport, Shropshire admitted, at Telford Magistrates' Court, using threatening behaviour and language with intent.

The court heard he was treated for bruising in hospital, after the stand-off at his flat on Tuesday.

Picken, of Greyhound Mews, Upper Bar, is due to be sentenced on 21 February.

Magistrates heard how armed police were called to Picken's flat at about 13:00 GMT on Tuesday.

The stand-off ended after officers shot him with an Attenuating Energy Projectile, similar to a plastic bullet, and he was arrested, the court was told.

It heard he had spent two days in hospital being monitored for signs of internal bleeding.

West Mercia Police said Attenuating Energy Projectiles, or AEPs, feature a hollow nose and replaced plastic bullets, which are seen as more dangerous.

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