TWO teenage boys have been arrested and a large knife seized in Trowbridge, after the youngsters allegedly threatened to kill another boy.

Police said that the two 16-year-old local boys were arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill yesterday (Thursday). One boy was also arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of cannabis and assaulting a police officer.

Both were taken into custody and subsequently released under investigation.

Acting Det Sgt Ted Roe said: "We will continue to carry out pro-active patrols and stop searching individuals where grounds exist. I would like to reassure the public that most people do not carry knives. Where we have information to suggest a person is carrying a weapon we will target them.

"In order to help prevent these incidents we are working closely with our partners to identify and educate young people who we believe may be at risk of being drawn into carrying a weapon. We recognise that we cannot tackle this alone and there is a real passion throughout partner agencies and the community to tackle knife crime, and a great deal of work being completed by all to divert young people from carrying knives.

"There will always be a small number who will continue to carry weapons and we will use all methods at our disposal to target them but we need your help. If you suspect that someone is carrying a weapon then please call 999 and pass us the information immediately."