A Cirencester man has pleaded not guilty to assaulting a police officer.

Luke Moore, 26, of Victoria Road, Cirencester, appeared at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court this morning (Thursday).

He was charged with the common assault of an emergency worker following an incident on March 6.

Prosecutor Sue Gethin stated that Moore had called an ambulance in the early hours of the morning. The call was transferred to the police and two officers arrived at his bedsit.

Moore complained he was hearing voices in his head telling him to hurt two officers.

He was asked to move away from the sink and 'stay away from knives'.

Moore then grabbed a six inch cutlery knife before he was restrained.

Speaking for the defence Caroline Williams said that Moore's mental health medication had just been changed and that his actions were 'not a threat of unlawful violence'.

"What he is actually saying is 'I am concerned about the way I am feeling'."

Moore was granted unconditional bail and will next appear at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court on May 30.