A police officer was forced to strike a teenager with a baton after he caught him armed with a baseball bat in Huddersfield town centre.

Kyle Harrison, 18, was found guilty after a trial of possessing an offensive weapon in public.

Kirklees Magistrates’ Court heard that the incident happened on August 30. Four young men were picked up on CCTV footage acting suspiciously on Albion Street and police were dispatched to the area. One of the officers followed Harrison as he ran down Chapel Hill and onto Queen Street South.

Bill Astin, prosecuting, said: “Harrison turned round, looked at the officer and ran towards him.

“The officer noticed that he was holding a wooden rounders-style bat in his hand.”

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The officer then pulled out his baton and gave chase to Harrison, who dropped his baseball bat in some bushes.

He struggled with the officer, who was forced to strike the teen with his baton to bring him under control so that he could arrest him.

The court heard that Harrison, who appeared in court in custody, also stole from an Almondbury store on October 10.

He was found guilty by magistrates of the theft of beer, chocolates and crisps from Nandhara Stores.

Harrison’s solicitor Zara Begum said: “Now he’s 18 he realises he needs to grow up and sort himself out.”

District Judge Michael Fanning ordered a report on Harrison, of Bishop’s Court in Berry Brow, before sentencing him.