Police have struck a blow against underage drinking and criminal damage in Crowthorne, arresting five teenagers as part of Operation Lancaster over the weekend.

Three girls aged 14 and 16 were arrested in Oaklands Lane last Friday evening and taken to Bracknell Police Station, where they were held in the cells.

They were found with three-and-a-half litres of wine, a bottle of Bacardi and a coke bottle containing Bacardi and coke.

The following night, another teenage boy was arrested and cautioned for ripping windscreen wipers off parked cars in College Road, and a 16-year-old boy was arrested for being drunk and disorderly in Owlsmoor.

The wave of arrests was made during Operation Lancaster, which was set up after a string of complaints from residents about underage drinking, vandalism and general rowdiness.

Residents frequently disturbed by criminal behaviour were given a mobile phone number that linked them directly to the police on Friday and Saturday evenings between 6pm and 2am.

The arrests made on Friday came after a resident phoned Operation Lancaster to report 20 to 30 rowdy youngsters who had congregated in The Brackens and later moved on to Oaklands Lane.

When police arrived, they discovered the three girls "openly drinking from bottles of wine and swearing abusively", according to Sgt Mick Gee of Crowthorne Police.

The Bacardi belonged to one of the girl's parents, while the wine had been bought from a local off-licence.

Sgt Gee said: "We will not tolerate this behaviour.

"I hope the arrests brought it home to the three girls that we will take this kind of behaviour very seriously and their actions are not acceptable."

The series of arrests marked the end of Operation Lancaster, which finished last Sunday.

Sgt Gee said: "Operation Lancaster was very successful. It reduced the fear of crime to residents of the Crowthorne area and improved the quality of life for them.

"If, at any time we foresee a problem in the future, such as school holidays, we can resume Operation Lancaster at a moments notice because we now have all the principals in place and can simply swing into action.

"We are likely to introduce it again in the spring and the early part of the summer holidays."