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Baby python used to threaten police in Edinburgh

Image caption The man waved the baby python at police officers

A man who threatened police officers with a baby python when they questioned him at his Edinburgh home about noise has admitted breaching the peace.

Xavier Blaze, 32, wrapped the snake around his neck and waved it in the officers' faces, Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard.

He was arrested and taken to St Leonards Police Station on 13 December 2009, where he also shouted and swore.

Sentence was deferred until next month for background reports.

Defence agent Jonathan Campbell said Blaze had a history of mental difficulties and was currently receiving help.

He said: "He was previously serving in the Armed Forces however he was discharged as he was no longer able to undertake active service."

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