CHESHIRE police officers are warning teenagers about the dangers and risks of swimming in rivers and lakes.

The warning comes following reports of youths congregating, swimming and drinking alcohol at a number of locations - these have included, the River Dane in Northwich, Nunsmere Lake, Eden Grange Pond in Cuddington and the old quarry lake on Raddel Lane, Higher Whitley.

Police Sergeant Kevin Davies, from Northwich Local Policing Unit, said: "While we are looking into this issue, we want to take the opportunity to remind people that although it may seem like harmless fun, swimming in open water without supervision of an adult could have tragic consequences.

"Swimming in lakes and rivers is very dangerous with many unseen hazards and the cold deep water fatigues people very quickly and even strong swimmers can find themselves in difficulty. The use of alcohol is evident at these locations and swimming after consuming alcohol increases the risk of harm.

“Enquiries in relation to these in relation to these reports are continuing and any youths identified as being involved with anti-social behaviour will be dealt with by police, but I urge everyone to consider their actions as we do not want anyone being injured or worse."

Information can be passed on to Cheshire Police by calling 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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