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