A MAN has denied attempted murder but admitted other offences in relation to an incident at Sainsbury's Blackpole. 

Philip Mapp, of Windermere Drive, Warndon, appeared at Worcester Crown Court entering his pleas for the first time. 

The 44-year-old has admitted affray, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of cannabis.

But Mapp denied the most serious charge of attempted murder. 

During his appearance at the court on August 3 Mapp, who is remanded in custody, was told the next hearing of his case will be a pre-trial review which has been scheduled for September 1. 

Worcester News: POLICE: Police outside Sainsbury's BlackpolePOLICE: Police outside Sainsbury's Blackpole (Image: From public)

Mapp's trial date has been set for November 13 this year at Worcester Crown Court.

The offences relate to an incident on May 17. 

We reported at the time a customer in the Blackpole Inn, Blackpole Road, was threatened with a bladed weapon, but not injured.

Police then received further calls from the nearby Sainsbury’s Garage in Windermere Drive reporting a security guard had suffered an injury.

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Armed officers swarmed the car park and detained a man.

The store was closed after the incident with a sign telling customers it was shut until 'further notice.'

An eyewitness at the time told us: "I saw the armed police and you could actually see the blade.

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"A police car turned up with a blade tube to safely put the sword in and the officer who was holding it was wearing gloves."

The eyewitness said he spoke to other shoppers who were shocked.

They said: "It sounded absolutely horrific.

"Thankfully a quick response ambulance and an air ambulance car turned up."

The injured security guard was taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital following the incident before later being released to recover at home.

A West Mercia Police spokesperson said at the time officers would be on patrol after the incident to offer reassurance. 

The spokesman said: "[The security guard] hasn’t suffered physical life-changing injuries but will clearly suffer from the psychological impact of such an attack."