Teenagers arrested after car chase in Southend

Two teenagers have been arrested after police responded to reports of someone with a knife in a car in Southend.

Police received a call about the two 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 it made off and a pursuit took place until it was stopped in Great Wakering and two teenage boys were arrested.

A 17 year-old from Shoeburyness was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of drugs, possession of a knife, theft of a motor vehicle, dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle taking, failing to stop when directed, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence, driving without insurance, and possession of an offensive weapon.

He was still in custody on Thursday.

A 16 year-old from Great Wakering was arrested on suspicion of possession of a knife, theft of a motor vehicle, and aggravated vehicle taking.

He has since been released on bail until July 21.