POLICE who tackled problem youths in Northwich warn they are still on the prowl for bad behaviour culprits.
The town's police Community Action Team targeted Beswicks Road and Victoria Park after receiving reports from the community of nuisance youths and alcohol-related disorder incidents.
Sgt James Rowe said: 'We received a number of reports from residents of drunken, rowdy, abusive behaviour from a handful of youngsters who seem to be hanging about and camping at the park.
'This type of behaviour causes a lot of distress for other members of the community and it's not fair they should have to suffer it.
'Fortunately, we received excellent information from the public and have been able to target the problem with increased patrols at key times. This has led to the seizure of a significant amount of alcohol and a number of warnings issued to young people.
'I'm confident this will go a long way towards solving the problem but we are not complacent.
'We're going to continue targeting the handful of young people who cause us these problems and we won't hesitate to inform parents of disruptive behaviour and make arrests where necessary.'
Using information from the community to help tackle problems is a tactic Northwich CAT has been using for many months and it's not only proving a success in tackling the nuisance youth problem.
Off-road motorbiking has been a particular cause for concern for many townsfolk and officers have been doing their best to educate people on the laws surrounding the use of motorised vehicles such as mini-motorbikes, scooters and quad bikes.
This has been supported by an enforcement campaign which has led to the seizure of many vehicles and the issuing of warning notices to riders.
Sgt Rowesaid:'We'reparticularly pleased with the success we've achieved in solving the off-road bike problem. We've just recently seized another five bikes, one of which has been destroyed.
'Communication between the police and the public is getting better all the time and we are all reaping the benefits of this.'