Axeman on rampage through three villages pleads guilty


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A man has admitted wielding an axe and damaging property on a rampage through three villages.

James Hyet was seen carrying an axe and knives in Henlow, Clifton and Shefford on the evening of Sunday, November 10.

The 33-year-old, of Laws Close in Saffron Walden, was arrested outside the Tesco Express and Esso petrol station in Elm Road, Shefford.

Appearing at Luton Magistrates’ Court last Tuesday, Hyet pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal damage, using threatening behaviour, possession of an axe and knife in a public place and obstruction of a police officer in his course of duty.

A spokesman for Bedfordshire Police said: “He was sitting outside Esso with a bag of knives and chisels and an axe following reports of criminal damage in Clifton and Henlow.

“He attempted to break in to Henlow Cars in Clifton Road, Henlow, and he smashed a window to the front of the property but no access was gained. He smashed the rear window of a silver BMW.”

Hyet has been released on bail and will be sentenced at Luton Crown Court on Friday, December 6.