Teenager admits knife and driving offences

A teenager has admitted a range of offences including dangerous driving after officers responded to reports of someone with a knife in a car in Southend.

Police received a call about what had been seen in Ruskin Avenue at around 12.25pm on Wednesday May 22.

The vehicle was sighted around an hour later and officers directed it to stop, but the vehicle made off and a pursuit took place.

The vehicle was stopped in Great Wakering and two teenage boys were arrested.

A 17 year-old, from Shoeburyness, was arrested and later charged with possession of a knife, aggravated vehicle taking, dangerous driving, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence, and driving without insurance.

He appeared at Southend Magistrates’ Court on Friday May 24, where he admitted the charges.

He was released on conditional bail until a sentencing hearing at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on June 14.

A 16 year-old, from Great Wakering, arrested on suspicion of possession of a knife, theft of a motor vehicle, and aggravated vehicle taking, has been released on bail until July 21.