A man who suffers from mental health issues has pleaded guilty after entering a city centre bank carrying a knife and an axe.

Shoppers watched in horror as customers were evacuated and police with dogs surrounded Barclays Bank in St Werburgh Street during the dramatic incident on Tuesday, October 28.

Crowds gathered as officers swooped and arrested Ryan Seddon who had an axe and a lock knife at the bank, which is just metres from the police station.

Seddon, of Paradise Street, Rhyl, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a bladed article in a public place during a hearing at Chester Crown Court today on Tuesday, November 11.

The 22-year-old, who has long standing mental health issues, was in hospital for four years and only released in January, the court heard.

Police swooped on the bank and cordoned off the area in front of Chester Cathedral, as the drama unfolded at 1.50pm.

Shoppers and workers who witnessed the commotion took to social media, tweeting pictures of the crime scene and what was going on.

One shopper, who did not wish to be named, told The Chronicle he saw an evidence bag with the handle of what looked like a ‘hand axe’

sticking out of it.

He said:”I was walking out of the precinct near McDonalds. There were six or seven police cars within 40 seconds,

“Police brought out a bag with a handle sticking out of it.”

Witnesses described how a man was escorted out of the building and into a police van.

Seddon was remanded in custody and is due to appear back before Chester Crown Court for sentencing on November 21.

Police swoop on alleged armed robber at Barclays Bank in Chester