Bromley shopping centre 'knife fight' suspect, 16, charged

Police at the Intu shopping centre in Bromley after incident on 26 December 2015 Image copyright @keefmoon/PA
Image caption Police say they were called to the shopping centre to reports of an injured youth

A 16-year-old boy has been charged over an alleged knife fight at a London shopping centre on Boxing Day.

The youth was detained after disorder broke out at the Intu Bromley centre, causing panic among shoppers.

Armed police were called at about 15:45 GMT and found the boy with a head injury. Two knives were recovered.

The youth, due at Bromley Magistrates' Court on Monday, is accused of common assault, violent disorder and possession of an offensive weapon.

A second 16-year-old boy, held on suspicion of affray, was detained at his home in Lewisham on Sunday.

A photograph taken by a member of the public appeared to show that a machete had been found.

Video filmed at the scene also appeared to show shoppers fleeing in panic.

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