A MAN has been charged after a machete incident at Runcorn Shopping City.

At around 5pm on Saturday, September 14, armed police were called to the scene and shoppers were locked inside stores after a man is reported to have been seen walking around with a machete.

No-one was injured during the incident and a man was arrested at the scene.

Robert Goldsmith, 49, of East Lane, has been charged with affray, possession of an offensive weapon, and criminal damage following the incident.

He was remanded in custody and will appear at Warrington Magistrates Court today (Tuesday 17 September).