A PAIR of teenagers were arrested on suspicion of carrying weapons as British Transport Police officers installed a pop-up knife arch at Swindon railway station. 

Around a dozen officers and a sniffer dog were at the railway station as part of a BTP-wide blitz on so-called County Lines gangs, big city drug networks that often send young runners by train to towns like Swindon.

Two young men, aged 17 and 18, were arrested on suspicion of carrying knives. They remain in custody. 

A BTP spokesman said: “We were in place at Swindon station today carrying out an operation targeting the movement of drugs on the rail network and the violent crime that is often associated with drugs.

"Today formed part of our work nationwide to ensure stations remain a hostile place for criminals.”