Man charged with possession of offensive weapon near St Helens primary

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A pensioner has been charged with two counts of possession of an offensive weapon following an incident at a St Helens primary school.

John Cook, 65, was arrested after an incident on a public field at the rear of Merton Bank Primary School in Roper Street, Parr.

A man is believed to have climbed through a fence and made his way towards pupils who were taking part in a school sports day.

The man fled after being challenged by parents and a member of staff.

The incident happened on Monday (May 22) at around 2.20pm.

Cook, of Sandy Lane, Windle, appeared at Liverpool Magistrates Court.

He did not enter a plea and was released on bail until Liverpool Magistrates Court until June 22.