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Wheatbelt Detectives have charged a 21-year-old Northam man after he allegedly used a chainsaw in an altercation with another man overnight.

Police allege that at around 12.10am, an altercation between the two occurred at a hotel on Fitzgerald Street in Northam.

The 21-year-old man allegedly threatened the 30-year-old male victim with a knife, and threw a glass at other patrons in the hotel.

Police allege he then entered a storage area, and armed with a chainsaw, threatened the victim who was holding a chair at the time.

Police said the man started the chainsaw and cut through the chair, making contact with the victim’s arm.

"The victim received a deep laceration to his arm and was conveyed to Northam Hospital by ambulance," police said. "His injuries are not considered life-threatening."

The 21-year-old man of Northam has been charged with Acts Intended to Cause GBH and will appear before the Perth Magistrates Court on 24 December 2012.

The West Australian

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