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We have arrested a man following an incident on Eastbank Street, Southport today (Monday 10 January).

At around 4.30pm we received a report of a man behaving aggressively in the Job Centre.

It was reported that he had assaulted and made threats towards a member of Job Centre staff.

Officers attended and the man was reported to deliberately drive his car into a police vehicle at the scene.

Police detained and arrested the man on suspicion of affray, attempted section 18 assault, assaulting a police officer, common assault, resisting arrest and dangerous driving.

He will be taken into custody and questioned by officers.

No injuries were reported and no weapons were seen.

CCTV and witness enquiries are ongoing and anyone with any information is asked to contact police.

Road closures in place while the incident was dealt with have now been lifted and officers remain on the scene while enquiries are carried out.

Chief Inspector Kevin Chatterton said: “We are in the extremely early stages of an investigation into an incident on Eastbank Street this afternoon and we would urge anyone with any information to come forward.

“The swift arrest today shows that we will not tolerate people being subject to violence and abuse while simply carrying out their work at the heart of our communities.

“While we have made an arrest, our enquiries continue and so if you witnessed the incident this afternoon, please come forward. Any information you hold could be vital to our investigation.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or with any information is asked to DM @MerpolCC, ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ on Facebook or call 101 with reference 22000022302.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their website here: