Teenage boy arrested after knife found at Hartlepool Carnival funfair

A 15-year-old boy was arrested at Hartlepool Carnival funfair after a knife was uncovered by security staff.

Wednesday, 7th August 2019, 16:31 pm

Searches are being carried out on entry at the carnival’s funfair, which runs until Saturday, August 10, by Sunderland firm SNS.

During a routine search, staff discovered a knife.

Shaun Thornton, who is director of SNS Security along with business partner Dean Wood, said his company made the decision to search visitors to the carnival with a metal detector following the death of Sunderland teenager Connor Brown, who was fatally stabbed following a night out in the city centre in February this year.

Hartlepool Carnival's funfair launched on Thursday, August 1.

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The company also provides security for venues across County Durham, Sunderland and Northumberland.

Cleveland Police confirmed that a 15-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon on Friday, August 2 at 5.50pm.

He has since been released under investigation.