LARGE amounts of alcohol were seized from youths in Wistaston, as police continued a clampdown on anti-social behaviour in the region.

The operation, which took place over the weekend of October 27 involved foot patrols and the use of a mobile CCTV van to prevent and deter youths from gathering in the Wistaston and Wistaston Green areas.

Last week, the Guardian reported on criminal damage to Joey the Swan play area in Wistaston, which had become a no-go area for law abiding children because of anti-social behaviour that has blighted the community over the past month.

Beginning last Friday, October 26, police seized large quantities of alcohol from youths and issued more than 20 ‘yellow card′ warnings for anti-social behaviour in Wistaston.

PC Dan Sambrook, of Crewe NPU, said the operation had begun to drive the problem down.

He said: "The influx of officers in the area has prevented large groups of youths from congregating, and reduced the number of reports of anti-social behaviour.

"We are committed to tackling the issue and will continue to provide extra enforcement over the coming weekends."

However, officers have reported seeing a rise in the number of incidents involving youths letting off fireworks in the street.

In the run up to bonfire night, police are reminding the public that it is illegal for anyone under 18 to buy or use fireworks.

Anyone under18 found with fireworks in a public place could face a fine, caution or court appearance.