ACTION is to be taken against those who persist in causing a nuisance on or near the area's waterways.

And a warning has also been issued of the danger of playing near rivers, canals and lakes.

Cheshire Police and British Waterways are concerned by the number of young people hanging around near to Saltersford Locks in Barnton and Hunters Locks in Northwich.

Police Community Support Officers Karen Nixon and Diana Wiggins have noticed an increase in the number of reports of youths acting in an anti-social manner in the area and are concerned for their safety and that of others nearby.

PCSO Nixon said: "There are more and more young people gathering near to the locks and they are using them as places to get together and drink.

"As a result we have seen an increase in the number of anti-social behaviour related incidents as well as a rise in criminal damage.

"The booze seems to give the youngsters a sense of invincibility and leads them to do more daring things.

Now, as part of Waterways Watch, a joint initiative between Cheshire Police, British Waterways and Weaver-based businesses, action is to be taken.

PCSO Wiggins said: "We are genuinely concerned for the safety of these youngsters and will be regularly patrolling the areas to ensure everyone is acting sensibly and responsibly.

"However we will also take robust action against those found to be breaking the law and will seize alcohol from underage drinkers."