Thursday 17 August 2017

Fleeing suspect brought to a halt by machete hidden in trouser leg

A machete which was recovered in Merton, as a man who attempted to flee police tripped over (Metropolitan Police/PA)
A machete which was recovered in Merton, as a man who attempted to flee police tripped over (Metropolitan Police/PA)

A man who attempted to flee police was stopped when the machete he had hidden down his trousers caused him to fall over, police said.

The 17-year-old was a passenger in a Vauxhall Corsa which was stopped as part of a routine patrol on Thursday just after midnight on Merton High Street, south-west London.

Cannabis was found in the car and both the passenger and a male driver in his earlier twenties have been arrested.

A Metropolitan Police statement said: "The 17-year-old passenger sought to make off but fell over.

"His fall is likely to have been connected to the machete, contained within a sheath, which was hidden inside his trouser leg.

" A quantity of a substance believed to be cannabis and a set of scales was recovered from the car."

The machete has been recovered and both men remain in custody, police said.

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