Two teenagers have been arrested after officers responded to reports of someone with a knife in a car in Southend.

Essex Police received a call about what had been seen in Ruskin Avenue at around 12.25pm yesterday.

The vehicle was seen around an hour later and police directed it to stop but the vehicle made off.

Witnesses described the chase "flew up" towards Great Wakering, with police boxing the car in on Great Wakering High Street.

Two teenage boys were arrested.

A 17 year-old from Shoebury was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of drugs, possession of a knife, theft of a motor vehicle, dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle taking, failing to stop when directed, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence, driving without insurance, and possession of an offensive weapon.

He remains in custody.

A 16 year-old from Great Wakering was arrested on suspicion of possession of a knife, theft of a motor vehicle, and aggravated vehicle taking.

He has since been released on bail until July 21.