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Man attacked on Hartham Common

Thursday 1 August 2019

A man was attacked on Hartham Common last night (31st July) in an attempted robbery.

The assault and attempted robbery took place in Hartham Lane at around 11.10pm, when a man aged in his 50s was walking across Hartham Common. He came across a group of teenagers who began to punch and kick him. One of the group then asked the victim to hand over his watch, money and phone. He refused and walked off.

The victim suffered cuts, bruising and swelling to his face and hands.

The attack comes just ten days after a knife point robbery on the common.

East Herts Chief Inspector Stuart Orton said: "I would like to reassure the public that we are aware of a rise in crime on Hartham Common throughout the summer months and have increased patrols in the area; this has included the use of quad bikes and the continued presence of PCSOs and police officers on bikes."

"My officers have also been working with local schools and with East Herts District Council and other partner agencies to target serious youth violence and knife crime through Operation Aegis, a community safety partnership-led initiative to identify offending behaviour at the earliest available opportunity. This involves working with offenders, families, partner agencies and specialist police resources to educate and divert young people away from criminal and risk taking behaviour."

Anyone with information about the incident, or who thinks they may know the identities of those involved, is asked to contact police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference 41/69533/19.

Updated 2/8/19 to add comment by Chief Inspector Stuart Orton.

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