Off duty officer stops robbery

A MAN has been charged with robbery after a raid was foiled by an off-duty police officer.

The 47-year-old police officer was a customer in the Spar on Prescot Road, St Helens, when a man with a hammer entered the store.

With the help of three other customers, he confronted the suspect and overpowered him.

The incident happened last Wednesday night (September 28) at around 9.30pm.

n Anthony Paul Wainwright, 39, of Tarbock Road, Huyton, has been charged with robbery and assault. He appeared at St Helens Magistrates Court on Friday (September 30) and was remanded in custody.