POLICE in Widnes seized more than 100 bottles of booze and two weapons from teenagers roaming the streets during a six-hour after-school raid.
And officers warn they are now targeting parents who knowingly supply their youngsters with alcohol.
Dozens of cans of lager and several litres of wine and vodka were confiscated by police in Widnes on Friday, May 19, during a high-visibility patrol of the town centre and further afield between 4.30-9.00pm.
The alcohol was confiscated from gangs of under-age youths by officers from the Blue Lamp Team and Widnes Community Action Team, who also had to deal with 15 incidents of anti-social behaviour.
The teenagers were discovered with carrier bags full of lager, wine and vodka in various boozing blackspots around the town, including Wade Deacon playing field, Victoria Park, Crow Wood Park and Liverpool Road.
A carving knife and a Swiss Army knife were also seized during the night.
During the police operation, officers bagged a three-litre bottle of cider, two one-litre bottles of vodka, 17 litres of wine, 38 cans of lager and 48 bottles of lager.
Following the operation, Inspector Nick Bailey issued a warning to school leavers to 'think about your future' before hitting the streets with booze.
Year 11 pupils from Halton finished school last week to enable them to study for their forthcoming exams.
Inspector Bailey said: 'If you get drunk or get involved in anti-social behaviour you risk getting a caution. And you should know that certain employers will require you to declare this when you go for a job in the future.
'At a time when you should be concentrating on your exams and looking forward to starting a career, one night's stupidity could jeopardise your future.'
Inspector Bailey also warned parents they will face prosecution if they provide their children with booze.
He added: 'Parents who give their children alcohol to 'celebrate' should know that we will seek to prosecute them.'