AN off-duty police officer intervened to stop a suspected armed robbery at a Winsford off-licence – arresting a 20-year-old man in the process.
The male PC, who has not been named, is based at the Cheshire Constabulary’s Winsford HQ.
He stopped the man – who was allegedly carrying a gun and a knife – at 1.30pm as he entered Threshers on Over Square.
A police spokeswoman said: “The officer acted swiftly in detaining a 20-year old-man from Liverpool.
“The suspect was armed with a handgun and a concealed knife.
“The firearm was later discovered to be an imitation weapon.”
Supt Guy Hindle said the officer’s actions as being “typical of the officer, who is experienced, professional and committed to his role both on and off- duty”.
Christopher Benson, of Upper Frederick Street, Liverpool, appeared at Northwich Magistrates Court on Friday charged with possession of an imitation firearm with intent to commit robbery, and possession of a bladed weapon.
He was released on conditional bail and will appear before a judge at Chester Crown Court at 10am on Thursday, May 28.