POLICE were involved in a 'fence hopping' chase to apprehend youths accused of stealing from a shop in Taunton.

This afternoon (Sunday), members of the Taunton Neighbourhood Policing team and the police response team were called to the store after reports of thefts.

"(We) responded by attending the location and conducting a search for the individuals, which resulted in a foot chase and lots of fence hopping," said a police spokesperson.

"All of the group were detained and searched with goods being recovered.

"During the search a large bladed article was also located and the group were further arrested for this."