Hertford will see an increased police presence this weekend following an increase in youth related criminal damage, assaults and public order in recent weeks.
Police have been made aware of large groups of young people gathering in the Hartham Common area on Friday and Saturday evenings, many of whom have been identified as being involved in repeated anti-social behaviour.
As a result, a section 34 dispersal order will be in place on Friday and Saturday (18th and 19th January 2019), which means anyone found gathering in the area can be directed to leave and prevented from returning for up to 48 hours.
Officers will also be taking details of people involved in anti-social behaviour and through the Operation Panther - a process that aims to deter young people from engaging in anti-social or criminal behaviour. The scheme identifies those responsible and develops a long term plan, with the involvement of parents, to try to prevent re-offending.
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. If you believe a crime is in progress, dial 999.
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