A MAN has been arrested after colliding with a security guard while attempting to drive a golf buggy out of the gates at the Open Championship at Hoylake.

Merseyside Police said a 45-year-old man was held following the incident outside Gate Four of the site at Royal Liverpool Golf Club.

The security guard received a minor leg injury as the man clipped him before crashing the buggy into a barrier.

A Merseyside Police spokesman said: "We can confirm that a man has been arrested following an incident at The Open golf practice day in Hoylake at about 7.30pm on Wednesday evening.

"The 45-year-old man from Birkenhead was arrested following an incident which involved the taking of a golf buggy on the course.

"One man was arrested on suspicion of assault after the buggy collided with a barrier near to the entrance gate on Meols Drive.

"Just before colliding with the barrier the buggy caught a security guard causing a slight injury to his leg."

On Monday, thieves broke into a “pop-up” shop on Hoylake’s Market Street and made off with the owner’s entire stock - an estimated £10,000 of clothing, including 250 waterproof suits.

Vic Tolhurst, 72, and from Wakefield, had opened the shop for the especially for the tournament and is only in Hoylake for two weeks.

He said: "I've been selling golf equipment and clothing for 25 years and this is the first time I've been robbed.

"Whoever did this came in through the back of the shop. I only realised there'd been a break because the place was really cold.

"The experience has not blighted my opinion of the area. Hoylake's a nice place and I'd like to live here if I had the chance."