Teenagers arrested by armed police in Mangotsfield after 'machete' seen at shops
POLICE arrested four teenage boys in Mangotsfield after a group armed with what one witness described as a "machete" were seen outside the shops.
Firearms units were among those called to St James Place at around 4.20pm yesterday.
Eyewitness reports shared on social media described youths with a "massive knife" or "machete" running past the shops.
They went into a nearby house and police, who arrived soon afterwards, were seen breaking down the door.
An Avon and Somerset police spokesperson said officers were called at about 4.20pm by witnesses who reported seeing three teenage boys armed with a large knife.
The spokesperson said: "Specialist firearms units were on the scene within minutes and four boys were arrested.
"All four were arrested for affray.
"One, aged 15, was also arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon in public and possession of cannabis.
"The other three, aged 15 and 16, were also arrested on suspicion of possessing a knife in public."
The spokesperson said one 16-year-old boy was also arrested on suspicion of possessing an electric stun gun.
She added: "Officers seized a number of knives and other weapons from a nearby address.
"All four boys were later released on police bail pending further enquiries."
Police say their investigation continues and targeted patrols are being carried out by neighbourhood teams.
They have asked witnesses or anyone who has dashcam or smart doorbell footage they think could help the investigation, to call 101 and quote crime reference number 5221 091 761.
Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.
The spokesperson said: "Despite the headlines, carrying a knife is not the norm – but it's still something police take very seriously.
"If you're concerned that someone you care about carries a knife, talk to them about it and encourage them to surrender it."
More information on knife crime is available on the police website.