Knife-wielding teen taken down by police dog after chase through park

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Police officers and a police dog caught a knife-wielding teenager in Eastleigh on June 21
Police officers and a police dog caught a knife-wielding teenager in Eastleigh on June 21

A BOY who threatened a woman with a knife was caught by a police dog following a chase through a park.

The 17-year-old was detained by officers and police dog Blaze in Eastleigh town centre yesterday evening (June 21).

It comes after CCTV operators had seen a teenage boy allegedly threaten a woman with a knife in Leigh Park at around 8.45pm.

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Officers raced to the scene and due to the serious nature of the incident, and the possibility of the boy having a knife, Blaze was deployed towards him.

This caused the boy to surrender on the floor and he was successfully detained.

A knife was found on his person and was seized as evidence.

A 17-year-old boy from Eastleigh was subsequently arrested on suspicion of being in possession of a bladed article in a public place.

He remains in custody at this time.

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Hampshire police says knife and violent crime remains a district priority across Eastleigh and Hedge End.

The force says it is focusing on tackling and disrupting the importation and supply of knives, targeting those who carry and use knives and preventing people from engaging in knife crime.

Officers urge communities to keep reporting intelligence so that “together we can continue to tackle this threat in society”.

To report knife crime, call 101 or visit the police website.

If you are a young person concerned about someone carrying a knife, or that someone will get hurt, you can report it anonymously online using the Fearless website.

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