Second teen arrested following video of Welwyn Garden City beating

PUBLISHED: 09:56 17 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:56 17 August 2018

Second teen arrested following video of Welwyn Garden City beating.

Second teen arrested following video of Welwyn Garden City beating.

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A second 14-year-old girl has been arrested after a video of a teen being beaten in Welwyn Garden City circulated online.

Police were contacted on Tuesday evening (August 14) by a member of the public who was concerned about a video she had seen on social media that appeared to show a girl being beaten up.

Officers obtained a copy of the video and found the victim, who had suffered bruising from the alleged assault.

Police confirmed this morning that two Welwyn Garden City 14-year-old girls have now been arrested in connection with this incident.

A police spokeswoman said: “One has been police bailed while the other has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

“The victim is safe and with her family.”

Inspector Sophia Adams said: “I’d like to thank the members of the public who brought this video to our attention.

“We will deal robustly with any allegations of assault and anti-social behaviour and are continuing to work with the local council, schools and voluntary organisations in Welwyn Garden City to address these issues.”

A police spokeswoman added: “This is a live investigation and it is important that the young people involved are not named on social media or anywhere else as, due to their ages, their identities are protected by law.

“Anyone that does name them could face legal action.

“We would also urge people not to share the video on social media or elsewhere online as it is part of our criminal investigation.”

Enquiries are on-going and anyone with information that could assist police is asked to contact Hertfordshire Constabulary via the non-emergency number 101, quoting ISR 600 of August 14 or report information online at www.herts.police.uk/Report.

If you’d prefer to provide information anonymously contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or through their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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