A teenage boy was caught with cannabis and a set of scales after a police stop and search.

Officers had been on patrol in the Halliwell area over the weekend when they came across four people, all of them male, on Elgin Street.

On searching them the officers found that one of them, who was just 14 years old, had been carrying several bags of the Class B drug with what appeared to be weighing equipment.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police Bolton North said: "This afternoon, officers were on patrol on Elgin Street, Halliwell when four males were detained for the purpose of a stop search.

The Bolton News: Several bags of cannabis appear to have been foundSeveral bags of cannabis appear to have been found (Image: GMP)

“One of them, being a 14-year-old male, was found to be in possession of a quantity of cannabis and a set of scales.

“He was arrested on suspicion of the offence of possession with intent to supply Class B drugs and is now awaiting interview in custody.”

Officers have supplied an image of what appears to be 16 bags of cannabis they say was seized from the boy.

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This comes amid recurring concerns about drug use and dealing across Bolton in recent months and years.

Anyone with any information or concerns can call police on 101.

Alternatively, witnesses can call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.