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Teen arrested after 'large hunting knife' found in bag in Victoria Park, Ashford

A "large hunting knife" has been seized from a teenager in a park.

A Community Policing Team patrol saw the 16-year-old acting suspiciously near Ashford's Victoria Park on Monday.

The knife was seized in Victoria Park
The knife was seized in Victoria Park

Despite running away, he was pursued and detained.

Recovered nearby was a rucksack containing a "large hunting knife", according to the police.

The knife has been seized by officers and a 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of possession of a bladed article. He has since been released under investigation.

Chief Inspector Nick Sparkes, Area Commander for Ashford, said: "There is no excuse for carrying a knife on the streets of Kent and we will seek the prosecution of anyone found with a weapon.

"I am pleased the quick work of officers has seen another potential weapon removed from circulation and I ask parents, teachers and anyone who works with young people to tell us if they have any concerns and help us keep communities safe."

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