A 16-year-old boy has been "de-arrested" after apologising for allegedly assaulting a police officer in Stevenage town centre this morning (July 9).

A police officer spotted the boy "recklessly" riding an illegal e-scooter around Queensway at 11.14am.

After refusing to hand over the scooter, an altercation took place and he was subsequently arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer. 

He was later de-arrested after apologising for his actions, although has been reported for traffic offences.

The scooter, which did not have working brakes, has now been seized by police.

E-scooters are legal to purchase and use on private land, but it is against the law to drive one on public land.