A SERVING prisoner has denied the attempted murder of a prison officer and a provisional trial date has been set.

David Bieber, also known as Nathan Coleman, is accused of attempting to murder Alison Smith at HMP Long Lartin.

The 52-year-old appeared via videolink from HMP Wakefield on Friday after technical problems with the link at the last hearing.

He denied the attempted murder of Alison Smith, wounding her with intent to do her grievous bodily harm and unauthorised possession in prison of a knife or offensive weapon (a pronged metal bar).

The charges relate to an incident in HMP Long Lartin, South Littleton, Evesham, on October 10, 2017.

The trial date is scheduled to take place on May 13 at Hereford Crown Court subject to any further applications by the prosecution or defence.

The case was prosecuted by Simon Davies and Bieber was represented by Matthew McDonagh. The case was heard by judge Nicolas Cartwright.

Bieber remains in custody.