Police were called to a disturbance in the city centre this afternoon after shoppers reported a man they said was shouting and being aggressive.

Eyewitnesses said the man was tussling with members of the public on the pavement on St Stephens Street, outside WHSmith and Yours, a women's clothing store.

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When officers arrived at the scene at around 4pm, the man tried to hide inside Yours.

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Onlookers said the man threw an unidentified liquid over one officer outside the store and was sprayed with CS gas before being taken away in a police van.

Following the incident, more officers were seen in Yours, where staff were questioned.

A police spokeswoman confirmed the man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage but was unable to comment on any further details.