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Man guilty of snake threat charge
Snake inside polystyrene box
Police officers found 40 reptile tanks holding over 100 snakes
An 52-year-old man who threatened a police officer with two boa constrictor snakes in Greater Manchester has been given a two-year conditional discharge.

Paul Dunn, from Bredbury, Stockport, denied two charges of affray and common assault but pleaded guilty to using threatening behaviour.

Manchester Crown Court heard how Dunn had become violent when police tried to remove two of his dogs in April 2006.

The judge ordered that the other offences lie on file.

Police had been issued with a warrant to remove two of the dogs, but when Dunn became angry the officers decided to search the rest of the property.

While searching the garage the officers found 40 reptile tanks containing more than 100 snakes, along with rats, lizards and a tortoise, and decided to call the RSPCA.

The court was told that Dunn became angry and told the police officers to take the lot. He then picked up two snakes and threatened the officers.

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