Man Arrested Following Attempted Robbery At St Helens Off License

Police have arrested and charged a man following an armed robbery at an off licence in St Helens on Saturday 8 June.

At around 12.45pm, officers were called to The Wine Loft in North Road to reports of a man entering the store in possession of a screwdriver. Threats were made to a member of staff and a small amount of cash was taken.

The man ran from the store and was detained by members of the public before being arrested by officers and taken to a police station for questioning.

42-year-old Barry Simpkin of no fixed abode has now been charged with robbery and possession of a blade / sharp pointed article in a public place. Simpkin appeared at St Helens Magistrates Court this morning.

Detective Inspector Steve Ball said: "The brave and quick-thinking actions of those members of the public and officers who detained the suspect are a great example of communities working together with the police to help our communities stay safe.

"We will act on all information provided on robberies and all crime targeting our local businesses and residents, so keep working with us and we will keep taking this positive action."

Anyone with information on a robbery in progress is asked to call 999. You can also contact @MerPolCC or the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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