A teenager has pleaded guilty to threatening a woman with a samurai sword in Ellesmere Port.

Dramatic scenes unfolded at Cheshire Oaks as armed police swooped on a vehicle at the busy shopping centre at around 12.30pm yesterday (Sunday, September 14).

Shocked shoppers watched on as police arrested two men, in connection with reports that a homeowner had been threatened with a samurai sword earlier that day.

Today (Monday) Gary Tushingham, 18, pleaded guilty to affray and possession of an offensive weapon following the incident, which saw armed police surround a car in the busy shopping centre and the force helicopter circling overhead.

The teenager, from Acre Road, Great Sutton, appeared before Chester Magistrates Court.

He was remanded in custody and is due to appear before Chester Crown Court for sentencing on a date yet to be fixed.

A 26-year-old male, who was also arrested at the Coliseum, has been bailed pending further enquiries.

At around 11.30am armed offers were deployed to an address in Ellesmere Port after a woman called the police saying two men had called at her house and threatened her with what appeared to be a samurai sword, say police.

No one was injured in the incident.

Police traced a vehicle to Cheshire Oaks, where the car was seen heading through the Burger King drive through, before being stopped and surrounded by officers on the roundabout near the Hungry Horse.

Police confirmed that no samurai sword was discovered at the time of their arrest.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to the incident, and are asking anyone with any information to call Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident 325 of September 14 or to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.