A YOUNG man has admitted carrying an axe at Hallpark homeless accommodation in Sauchie last month.

Thomas-John McMahon pleaded guilty to having with him a bladed article in a public place during an appearance at Alloa Sheriff Court on Thursday, October 8.

Prosecutor Susannah Hutchison said the offence took place on September 12, when a receptionist at the site heard people shouting at around 1.50am.

After making his way towards the commotion, the receptionist saw McMahon, who appeared to be "having a disagreement" with someone else.

McMahon returned to his flat, but made his way back to the scene of the argument a short time later.

Ms Hutchison said: [The receptionist] noticed something protruding from the waistband of his shorts.

"He asked the accused to hand it over, and the accused handed over an axe."

The axe was comprised of a 12-inch metal pole, with a 3.5x3.5inch axe head welded to one end.

Sheriff Craig Harris deferred sentencing McMahon, of Ashton View in Dumbarton, until next month so a background report and restriction of liberty order assessment can be completed.