Two teenagers were arrested and a cannabis factory discovered at a house in Sutton on Sunday (December 15).

Two 18-year-old men were detained by police after the Met responded to reports of a burglary taking place in Sutton around 4.30am on Sunday.

"Officers attended and saw a suspect running from the scene with a large knife," a spokesperson for the Met Police said.

"They pursued him on foot through surrounding gardens, and with the assistance of the National Police Air Service (NPAS), he was found hiding under a tree.

"An 18-year-old man [A] was detained and arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary and possession of cannabis.

"A second 18-year-old man [B] was also arrested on suspicion of burglary and possession of cannabis," the spokesperson added.

Meanwhile, police who entered the house that was being targeted in the attempted burglary discovered that the property was being used to grow cannabis plants.

The Met said they found a "large number" of plants inside.

Of the incident and subsequent raid, Inspector Craig Went, from the South Area Command Unit, said:

"These arrests highlight the value of a community working with police. One phone call to officers led to arrests and the recovery of a large knife.

"The drugs that were being grown at this address are in the process of being seized and will no longer find their way on to the streets of Sutton.

"I would urge anyone with information regarding the supply of drugs to come forward and speak with us.”

The two teenagers arrested were taken to a south London police station and have since been released under investigation, pending ongoing enquiries.