Teenager caught by Dudley knife arch handed Detention Training Order

A teenager, who was arrested during a knife arch operation at Dudley Central Bus Station, has been handed a four-month Detention Training Order.

The 17-year-old - who can't be named for legal reasons - threw his combat knife away and tried to run off after spotting officers at the bus depot on 15 May. Unfortunately for him, he was being watched by undercover police officers who radioed in uniformed cops to make an arrest.

The teen was later charged with possessing a bladed article in a public place and appeared at Wolverhampton Youth Court on Wednesday morning.

He pleaded guilty and was handed a four-month DTO by the judge. This is a special type of custodial sentence for 12-17 year olds and combines detention with training.

The teenager, who is originally from Birmingham, will spend the first half of his sentence in a Young Offender’s Institute. The other half will be supervised by the Youth Offending Team out in the community. He’ll spend this time in education and training designed and tailored to prevent re-offending.

Tackling violence is a priority for West Midlands Police and you can play your part in the fight against knife crime. You can access a host of resources, advice and useful links on the Force's online portal.


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