A MAN has appeared in the dock accused of a series of offences which were allegedly committed at a Bournemouth hotel on Christmas Day.

Mark Keggie, who is 31 and of no fixed abode, appeared at Poole Magistrates' Court last week after an incident at the Carrington House Hotel in Knyveton Road.

Police were called to the hotel just before 10.40am after receiving reports that damage was being caused inside. Officers cordoned off the area during the morning and a man was arrested at 12.30pm.

Keggie has been charged with criminal damage to windows and furniture inside the hotel, assaulting a police officer by beating him, possessing an offensive weapon, namely a catapult, affray and three counts of criminal damage to cars in connection with the incident in Boscombe.

He is also charged with using threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause others to believe immediate violence would be used on the same day at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

The following day – Boxing Day – Keggie is accused of another count of criminal damage by allegedly damaging equipment at Bournemouth police station, as well as behaving in a violent manner by throwing a chair at custody staff.

He also stands accused of possessing a blade in St Michael's Road, Bournemouth on April 30 and stealing a laptop worth £1,249.99 from EZ Computers in Wimborne Road on December 9.

He has not yet entered pleas to any of the charges against him, and was remanded into custody ahead of a plea and trial preparation hearing at Bournemouth Crown Court in January.