A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of assault and carrying an offensive weapon after a group of youths clashed with police in Colliers Wood last night.

A knife was found near Robinson Road and an assault on a police officer left him with cuts to the hand and arm in the clash.  

Witnesses on social media reported seeing police helicopters in the area and a large number of police officers in the area.

Police were called to Robinson Road just after 7pm on Sunday, January 31, after receiving reports of anti-social behaviour about a group of young people in a communal area.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan police said: “Officers attended and tried to speak with the group. The youths attempted to run from officers.

“One of the group, a 16-year-old boy, subsequently assaulted two police officers, one of whom sustained cuts to his hand and arm.

“A knife was recovered from the scene.”

The boy was arrested on suspicion of assault on police, possession of cannabis and possession of an offensive weapon. He was taken to a south London police station and bailed pending further enquiries.

Three other suspects are said to have fled and have not yet been traced.