Knifeman jailed after charging a police station

Mark Oxton Credit: GMP

A knifeman who sparked fears of a terrorist incident with an alarming attack on a police station has been jailed.

He hurled a concrete slab hurled through a ground floor window narrowly missing the heads of officers on duty at Little Hulton police station.

When officers went out to investigate, they were confronted by Mark Oxton, 23, of no fixed address, who was waving a samurai sword over his head and screaming threats.

Oxton said before charging down Manchester Road East with the blade.

Officers followed in a patrol car as Oxton continued to shout ‘there’s going to be murders’ in front of horrified witnesses.

The incident happened on November 24 2015, less than two weeks after the Paris terror attacks.

A female witness at the scene approached Pc O’Donnell and said ‘please tell me it isn’t ISIS’, prosecutor Neil Beckwith told Manchester Crown Court.And in a statement, an officer at the scene described the incident as like a scene from the Quentin Tarantino film Kill Bill.

Oxton broke into a run as he was perused by the police. At Longshaw Drive he walked into a front garden and paced about, wielding the knife menacingly.

A stand-off followed in which officers feared they would be attacked by a visibly agitated Oxton. He only calmed down when threatened by the red dot of the police taser.

Following his arrest, Oxton said he had staged the incident because he was feeling ‘annoyed and aggressive’. He said it was ‘50/50’ whether he would have used the weapon against the police.

Now Oxton, of no fixed address, has been jailed for 22 months after admitting affray, possessing an offensive weapon and criminal damage.His previous convictions include arson and possessing a bladed article.Defence barrister Richard Orme told the sentencing hearing:

Mr Orme went on to say that a psychiatrist had diagnosed Oxton with an antisocial personality disorder, marked by a lack of concern for the feelings of others and a ‘persistent attitude of irresponsibility’.

In his statement of events, Pc Andrew O’Donnell described how he was in the station’s writing room when he heard the sound of breaking glass behind his head.

Sentencing, Judge David Hernandez told Oxton: