Wiltshire Police have thanked a member of the public who helped officers during the arrest of a suspect carrying a machete in Penhill.

Officers were responding to reports of a small group of teenagers carrying knives yesterday.

When approached they ran from officers who chased them on foot.

A member of the public intervened and supported officers in arresting the main suspect, who was carrying a machete.

A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a bladed article and has since released under investigation.

A 14-year-old was also arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon in a public place - he has since been released with no further action to be taken.

PC Kayne Borresen said: “I would like to extend our thanks to the member of public who supported us yesterday.

"His selfless actions helped us detain an offender and take a potentially dangerous weapon off the streets. It is much appreciated.”

Anyone seeing a crime in progress is encouraged to call 999. A suspicious incident can be reported by calling Wiltshire Police on 101.