A 13-year-old boy from Southampton has been released from custody after armed police stopped and boarded a bus in the city centre.

A Bluestar bus was brought to a halt in Bernard Street on Sunday, June 2, after police were called to reports of a person with a large knife on International Way.

Officers carrying automatic weapons – as well as receiving assistance from the dog unit – arrested two children on the bus, aged 12 and 13, on suspicion of possessing a knife in a public place.

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The 12-year-old boy was released by police soon after, while the 13-year-old remained in police custody.

Now a spokesperson for Hampshire Police has confirmed to the Echo that the 13-year-old has been released on conditional bail pending further enquiries.

His bail date is Monday, September 2, 2024.

A spokesperson said: “An investigation is ongoing – no further arrests have been made at the current time.”