Attempted murder accused appears in court

Armed police spent all night at a siege on Norbreck Road in Norbreck following reports that an armed man had threatened a neighbour with a shotgun.'Police talk to residents of the flats where the siege took place.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'19-9-2014
Armed police spent all night at a siege on Norbreck Road in Norbreck following reports that an armed man had threatened a neighbour with a shotgun.'Police talk to residents of the flats where the siege took place. PIC BY ROB LOCK'19-9-2014
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A man accused of attempting to murder two neighbours with a sawn-off shotgun has made his first appearance at court.

Mark Saunders, 40, of Norbreck Road, Blackpool, was arrested after a nine-hour siege.

Police closed off Norbreck Road in the early hours of Thursday morning after Saunders allegedly fired a shot through the door of a flat following a dispute between neighbours at the block of flats.

Saunders is charged with attempting to murder two men.

He is also accused of assaulting Craig Wall, threatening to kill him and possessing a sawn-off shotgun with intent to endanger life.

Saunders, who was flanked in the dock by two security officers, spoke only to confirm his personal details and say he understood the charges against him during his four-minute court appearance.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, asked for the case to be heard at crown court.

Suzanne Mugford, defending, did not ask for bail for Saunders and added that her client would not indicate pleas to the offences at this stage.

Saunders was remanded in custody to appear at Preston Crown Court on October 8 by Blackpool magistrates.