12 people charged following violence in Welwyn Garden City
PUBLISHED: 12:17 13 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:20 13 March 2017
Twelve people have been charged following violence in Welwyn Garden City town centre.
Eleven teenagers – aged between 15 and 18 – and a 21-year-old man were charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, after violence on September 24, 2016.
The arrests were made as part of Operation Hade, which was launched to tackle the antisocial behaviour, disorder and associated crime experienced in Welwyn Garden City.
Those charged have been released on police bail, and will appear at St Albans Magistrates’ Court on April 18.
As part of their bail conditions, each of those charged have been given curfews, preventing them from leaving their homes overnight.
Since being released on bail, an 18-year-old and a 15-year-old allegedly broke their curfews over the weekend, and were arrested this morning.
They will appear at Hatfield Remand Court later today.
Detective Inspector John Hazeldine, who leads Welwyn Hatfield’s Local Crime Unit, said: “Hertfordshire Constabulary will not tolerate unacceptable, disorderly behaviour and associated criminality and will come down hard on those we believe to be responsible.
“The message is simple: if you are involved in any disorder or crime in Welwyn Hatfield, there will be consequences.
“We would also like to stress to parents of young people who live locally that parental responsibility goes beyond the front door.”
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