An Andover man is to stand trial after threatening ticket inspectors with a blade in Salisbury.

Douglas Peter Strike, of Launcelot Close, has been charged with assaulting Railway Revenue Protection Officers Parker and Rider at Salisbury Railway Station on June 9.

The 33-year-old was also charged with threatening Parker with a pointed multi-tool during the same incident, “in such a way that there was an immediate risk of serious physical harm to that person.”

Later that day, he was also charged with damaging a cell and blanket at Melksham Custody Suite to the value of £77.08.

Strike has pleaded guilty to the charge of criminal damage, for which he was fined £100 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £34.

He entered a not guilty plea for threatening a person with a sharply pointed article, with the County of Wiltshire Magistrates’ Court directing that he be tried by jury on this offence and the two counts of assault by beating.

He is due to appear at Salisbury Crown Court on July 14 to be tried for these offences, and was remanded into custody due to the “nature and seriousness of the offences” and that he is deemed to be “likely to abscond” by court documents.