POLICE arrested a 17-year-old boy in Prescot after a hammer was allegedly discarded during a foot chase.

Officers patrolling the Prescot area attempted to stop a boy shortly after 8pm on Saturday on Layton Way.

During the incident the boy reportedly made off and a hammer was allegedly discarded.

A teenager was detained a short distance away on Kemble Street.

During a search a quantity of cannabis was found and seized.

A teenage suspect was taken into custody.