EXTRA police were sent on to the streets as schools broke up for the summer holidays.
Fears that youngsters celebrating the start of their six-week break could cause high numbers of youth related nuisance crimes resulted in a specific operation of high visibility policing for Runcorn and Widnes's Community Action Teams (CAT).
Officers said that on previous occasions end-of-term had caused an increase in youth crime across Halton, a trend continuing into the summer holidays.
But CATs were on hand at the known youth nuisance hotspots, providing a visible presence to reassure communities in both towns.
The operation involved a total of 24 CAT officers in Runcorn and 21 in Widnes, as well as a number of special constables. All were supported by mobile units.
In Runcorn, police reported a significantly lower number of incidents than on a normal Friday evening, something they put down to the extra police presence.
Only five youth-related incidents were reported, 11 youths were spoken to in relation to their behaviour and letters of advice will be sent to their parents.
Three people were found in possession of cannabis and cannabis resin. One of these was an adult, who received a formal warning, while the two youngsters were taken home to receive their warning in front of their parents.
Elsewhere, two youths were taken home having been found climbing scaffolding at a primary school, and 70 cans and bottles of alcohol were seized from youngsters and will be destroyed.
In Widnes, officers seized and poured away 12 litres of alcohol and a special constable also seized a crate of 24 cans of lager from a 16-year-old male. He received a formal warning and a letter of advice will be sent to his parents.
Sergeant Andy Delooze, of Runcorn CAT, said: 'Runcorn Community Action Team is committed to providing reassurance patrols to the communities of Runcorn and the team will continue to provide targeted patrols at known nuisance locations throughout the summer.
'We are not intending to stop youths enjoying their school holidays but will take action against those whose behaviour affects others.'
Sergeant Stephen Simpson, of the Widnes CAT Team, said: 'We visited various hotspot locations that we have identified as problem areas in previous years.
'It was fairly quiet in Widnes and this could be due to the high visibility police presence we had on the Friday night and the regular patrols we are conducting each weekend.'