YOUNG people have been reeled in to take part in Warrington’s ‘Hooked on Fishing’ competition this summer.

More than 100 youngsters from across the town have had the chance to try out fishing at Stanners Pool in Dallam, supported by fisheries experts from Dallam District Community Angling group providing competitors with equipment, bait and advice and the Environment Agency.

And after four tough heats the finalists are descending on Partridge Lake in Culcheth on Friday to battle it out and become Warrington’s best young angler.

The event has been supported by a wide range of groups including Cheshire Police, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Dallam Anglers, the Environment Agency, Stronger Together in Warrington, the Neighbourhood Action Team, Positive Futures and Fit Kidz.

It aimed to give children the chance to mix with police officers, community support officers, neighbourhood wardens and firefighters while competing in a fun and positive activity.

Andy Eaves, Environment Agency officer, said: “Fishing is a sport that everyone can get involved in. It can provide a point of focus for young people during the summer holidays and encourages a positive interest in the environment.

“By encouraging young people to take up fishing they are getting off the streets and it can benefit the whole town. I’m really looking forward to the final; it will be a fun day out for everyone involved.”

Mark Floyd, coordinator of the Neighbourhood Action Team, said he would like to acknowledge the support of all the organisers.

He added: “We would especially like to thank Dallam Anglers as they have very kindly allowed us to hold the event on their waters and provided their fishing knowledge and equipment for the young people to use.”