A dog walker who claims to have seen young children smoking cannabis and teenagers being sold alcohol on the River Walk is calling for action.

Brain Webb, 69, of Glebe Crescent, Witham, said he saw a child as young as nine smoking cannabis along the stretch of the River Walk between Chippingdell and Ebenezer Close.

He has walked his dog there everyday for almost 40 years but says he regularly collects up to 20 beer cans per week and has even seen human faeces.

He believes the area attracts a number of drunks and that other areas of the walk are also affected.

He said: “Over the last few years I have seen some very disturbing things, youngsters as young as nine or 10-years-old smoking drugs, adults sell alcohol from carrier bags to underage teenagers.

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