Man charged over raid at St Helens store

A man has been charged following a raid on a Merseyside shop during which a suspect was overpowered an off-duty police officer.

Staff at the Spar store in Prescot Road, St Helens, were threatened with a hammer and ordered to hand over cash from the till, on Wednesday night.

An off-duty officer, who happened to be in the store, overpowered the man, along with members of the public.

A 39-year-old man from Huyton has been charged with robbery and assault.

He was due to appear before magistrates in St Helens on Friday.

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