POLICE have charged a man with obstructing a police officer after a suspect was detained in St Helens town centre.

Onlookers reported seeing officers detain a man on Westfield Street on Wednesday afternoon (August 12).

Police arrested a man initially on suspicion of robbery and assaulting a police officer.

Officers say they have since charged a 32-year-old man with obstructing a police officer.

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Lee James Andrews, of Parbold Avenue, Blackbrook has been charged with the offence.

Andrews will appear in court on Friday, August 21.

A Merseyside Police spokeswoman said: "We have charged Lee James Andrews, 32, of Parbold Avenue, St Helens with obstructing/resisting a constable in the execution of duty.

"He will appear in court on August 21."