Dispersal order in place for Welwyn Garden City town centre

PUBLISHED: 21:23 02 March 2018 | UPDATED: 21:23 02 March 2018

A snowy Welwyn Garden City town centre. Picture: Danny Loo

A snowy Welwyn Garden City town centre. Picture: Danny Loo

Danny Loo Photography 2018

Police have a dispersal order in place for Welwyn Garden City town centre until 8am on Saturday.

Officers tweeted: “Section 35 Dispersal Order in place for WGC town centre until 8am tomorrow (Saturday).

“If asked to leave by a police officer or PCSO you *must* comply or risk being arrested.”

The order follows recent disruption in McDonald’s in Howardgate, Welwyn Garden City.

A police spokesman said: “Police received a call at 6.09pm on Wednesday, February 28, to a report of a group of youths shouting in the McDonald’s restaurant, Howardsgate.

“Police reviewed CCTV and the youths had left the area.

“No offences were disclosed to police.

“Police also received another call an hour later of a group of youths throwing food.

“Officers attended the scene and searched the area but the group were not found.”

Thursday evening also brought trouble.

One eyewitness told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “There was a group of teenage boys in the Howard Centre at about 4pm on Thursday who were refusing to leave when asked by security.

“They were on the first floor by the train station and one or two were confronting the security guards.

“A couple of them had bikes with them.

“I felt sorry for the security men having to deal with them.

“Quite a few people were watching the commotion.”

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