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Boy, 16, and man, 21, arrested after police seize machete and stolen car

A man and a teenager have been arrested after being spotted with a machete and a stolen car hours after it was reported taken.


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West Midlands Police have confirmed that two people have been arrested after an incident where a Ford Focus was reported stolen from Smethwick on Sunday.

Investigating officers traced the stolen vehicle just over an hour after it was taken from the address in the afternoon.

Officers discovered the vehicle on Blakeley Hall Road, Oldbury at around 4pm, where two people attempted to flee.

A West Midlands Police spokesperson said: "We've made two arrests after recovering a machete and a stolen car following prompt police work in Sandwell.

"We traced the Ford Focus just over an hour after it was reported stolen from Smethwick yesterday afternoon.

"After discovering the car off Blakeley Hall Road, Oldbury, two people attempted to run off from officers at around 4pm."

The two were quickly detained, while an investigation of the vehicle led to the machete being seized.

The spokesperson continued: "They were quickly detained and a subsequent search of the vehicle led to a machete being seized.

"A 16-year-old boy and a man aged 21 have been arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and possession of a knife."

Both remain in police custody for further questioning.

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