AN attempted murderer has been detained under the Mental Health Act after he admitted a three-day rock-throwing rampage.

Anthony Makinson, aged 29, of Waterside Gardens, Tonge Moor, is now being kept indefinitely in hospital after being sectioned at Manchester Crown Court on March 31.

Makinson admitted attempted murder, attempted to inflict grievous bodily harm, possession of an offensive weapon, possession of a bladed article and four counts of criminal damage, but denied a second allegation of attempted murder.

The charges related to incidents between April 28 and May 1.

Makinson pleaded guilty to damaging four vehicles in Waterside Gardens, Tonge Moor, on April 28 and April 29.

At just after midnight on May 1 he threw a rock through a conservatory roof in Hallbridge Gardens.

The occupant was showered with glass and suffered cuts.

Later that day, Makinson sparked panic among shoppers when he began hurling concrete blocks off the roof of the Market Place Shopping Centre in Bolton town centre.

He was arrested by police on May 1.

Elizabeth Reed, branch crown prosecutor for CPS North West, said: “These offences caused serious concern for the safety of members of the public.

“Had he succeeded in his intentions to kill, his actions could have resulted in the loss of innocent lives.

“People are entitled to go about their daily lives without such risk of harm and we would like to reassure people that anyone who commits such offences will be brought before the courts and dealt with appropriately.”