A MAN was said to have made threats to kill police officers was arrested as he made his way towards Wrexham police station carrying a kitchen knife, it was alleged in court.

Matthew Smith, 40, was remanded in custody at North East Wales Magistrates Court at Mold.

The Mold court was told Smith, of Ty Brian in Salop Road, Wrexham, was now a serving prisoner because he had been recalled to custody.

Smith was charged that he made a threat to probation officers on Tuesday that he was going to “stab a copper”.

He is further accused of a public order offence, causing police officers to fear immediate unlawful violence would be used against them during his arrest, making a threat to police at Bodhyfryd in Wrexham that he would kill them, and possessing a kitchen knife.

Prosecutor Rhian Jackson applied for a remand in custody which was granted by magistrates.

His case was sent to Mold Crown Court where he will appear at a plea and trial preparation hearing on November 9.

Mrs Jackson said it was alleged Smith had indicated the reason he wanted to stab a police officer was that he wanted to go to prison to serve a substantial sentence.

Defence solicitor Nick Cross indicated that no pleas would be entered at this stage.

He said in the circumstances he would not apply for bail.