A man who swung an axe at a supermarket security guard after he was accused of shoplifting in Colchester has been jailed.

David Boles, 52, stole a hand axe without paying from B&Q in Lightship Way and then cycled to Tesco in Greenstead Road.

While he was in the store, he took two sandwiches and left without paying.

A security guard then challenged him, at which point he swore and swung the axe at him.

The security guard then managed to overpower him and pin him to the floor before police arrived to arrest him.

Boles was sentenced to 16 months in prison for threatening a person with a bladed article and four months for handling stolen goods, to run consecutively, at Chelmsford Crown Court.

He also received 60 days for theft of an axe, seven days for theft of sandwiches and three months for fraud, to run concurrently.

“Boles entered two businesses and casually walked out without paying for items," DC Mike Heslegrave, of Colchester CID, said.

“However, his actions did not go unnoticed and he was caught on camera cycling away from one shop wearing a distinctive outfit and cycling a bright yellow bike.

“Boles was later challenged about his shoplifting and reacted by swing a stolen axe at the security guard, who bravely overpowered him. I’d like to praise him for his courage."

Boles was also sentenced for selling a stolen computer console at Cash Converters in High Street, Colchester, on Tuesday 30 July.