A TEENAGER has been remanded on conditional bail on a charge of possession of an offensive weapon in a public place after an incident at Merry Hill.

The 16-year-old stood before Dudley Magistrates this morning (May 14) and was remanded to appear at Wolverhampton Magistrates on Wednesday, May 16.

A West Midlands Police statement said: "A 16-year-old, who can’t be named for legal reasons, has been charged with possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.

"The boy was arrested on Saturday 12 May, by police investigating an alleged assault on a 17-year-old boy."

The 17-year-old was taken to hospital after the incident on Saturday which took place in the food court at Merry Hill at around 1.10pm.

Shoppers fled the scene in horror after claiming they saw a man attacked with a hammer.

Horrified shoppers tried to flee the scene. Witnesses said they saw children knocked over and a lady knocked unconscious during the drama.

Danielle Gilmour, who was shopping at the time, said she was left "shook up".

She told the News: "It was awful.

"I'm fine but very shook up but just glad to be unharmed."

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 giving log number 1108 of 12 May.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.