A teenage boy who was charged with involvement in a Boxing Day row that sent shoppers running for their lives has admitted possessing a machete - and been given bail.
The 16-year-old was arrested at the Intu shopping centre, formerly The Glades, in Bromley, south-east London, after the fight sparked rumours that a gunman was on the loose.
Armed police arrived at the scene about 3.45pm on Saturday and found the boy with a head injury. Two knives were also discovered in the area.
The boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, appeared at Bromley Youth Court on Monday and admitted possessing an offensive weapon, namely a machete, at Intu on Saturday.
Detectives are seeking to trace a number of youths who ran off from the scene shortly after the incident.
He also faces accusations of common assault and violent disorder but these have not yet been put to him.
District Judge Dennis Lynch said he felt able to grant bail with stringent conditions.
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