A MAN has been charged following reports of a person carrying an offensive weapon in a Southampton shopping centre.

Peter Hollingsworth, 34, of Millbrook Road East, Southampton has been charged with possession of a knife in a public place and possession of Class B drugs.

It comes after officers received a report of a man in the Marlands Shopping Centre carrying an offensive weapon, just after 7.45pm yesterday.

Hollingsworth is due to appear at Southampton Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, November 2.