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Teens arrested for knife and drug offences in Birmingham

Three teenagers have today (7 January) been arrested in Birmingham on suspicion of drug and weapons offences.

The trio were spotted brandishing a zombie-style knife by an off duty officer at around 1.30pm this afternoon in the city centre.

The incident was called in, and firearms officers swooped on the trio as they walked along Bennetts Hill.


Two large hunting knives and a quantity of drugs were found and seized for analysis.

Two 16-year-old boys and a 17-year-old, all from Birmingham, were detained on suspicion of possessing a bladed article in a public place.

One of the lads, 16, was further arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply drugs.

The teenagers have been taken to custody, and will be questioned by officers this afternoon.


Chief Inspector Jack Hadley from Force Response said: "The fact that three young people were brandishing weapons in broad daylight is shocking, but this is a good result, and great work from our firearms officers in reaching the scene swiftly, seizing knifes and making arrests."

West Midlands Police commitment to tackle weapons and drugs in the region will continue throughout 2019. And work is on-going to raise awareness and prevent young people from arming themselves with dangerous weapons.

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There are obvious dangers to carrying a knife, but young people don’t often think of some of the less obvious consequences. If someone is convicted for carrying a knife this can impact on their future prospects: it could prevent them from getting certain jobs, going to university and travelling to some countries, including the United States.

If you have concerns about knife crime, need advice or want to report an offence please visit our dedicated advice page.

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