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Two teenagers arrested on suspicion of weapons charges as firearm and machete seized

Two teenage suspects have been arrested after allegedly being caught with an imitation gun and a machete near Walsall.

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The pair were allegedly fleeing on foot from officers during an incident in Sadler Road, in Brownhills, on Saturday morning.

The incident involved a car that was being driven as officers attended a report of suspicious activity in the town just before 11am.

West Midlands Police said after a short pursuit the vehicle stopped and two people ran off, with officers giving chase and detaining two teenagers just before 11.15am.

When they searched the suspected stolen VW Golf they found a gas-powered pistol and a machete inside. The items will now be tested.

Investigations are ongoing with house-to-house inquiries being carried out and CCTV from around the area being checked.

Two boys, aged 16 and 17, were subsequently arrested on suspicion of possessing an imitation firearm, possessing a bladed weapon and theft of a motor vehicle. Both were given police bail with strict conditions.

The force added that officers believe it was an isolated incident. Anyone with information should to contact police via Live Chat on the force website or call 101 quoting crime reference number 20/346393/24.

The arrests were part of Operation Target.

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