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Hartham Common, Hertford

Police are stepping up patrols in Hertford this weekend after an increase in youth-related criminal damage, assaults and antisocial behaviour.

On each occasion, there have been large groups of people gathering in the Hartham Common area.

They're also bringing in a 'dispersal order' tonight and tomorrow, which means anyone gathering there can be asked to leave and prevented from returning for up to two days.

Hertfordshire Police say Officers from the Safer Neighbourhood Team will be exploring all necessary avenues of prosecution, including dealing robustly with parents.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Russell Jones said: "We are currently experiencing increased levels of anti-social behaviour and disorder in the area and this is unacceptable, as it has a huge impact on the local community.

"As a result we will be conducting additional patrols and will deal robustly with young people who are found to be causing a nuisance or committing criminal offences.

"We are also encouraging parents to ensure they know the whereabouts of their children, who they are with and what they are doing. Whilst I am keen to encourage young persons to use the leisure facilities in the correct manner, it is not acceptable for damage to be caused or for people to become victims of abusive behaviour."

If you witness anti-social behaviour, please report it to police on the non-emergency number 101 or online at www.herts.police.uk/Report. If you believe a crime is in progress, dial 999.

 

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