Police are set to target anti-social behaviour in Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield this summer to "deter" people from committing an offence.

Officers from the Welwyn Hatfield Safer Neighbourhood Team will be carrying out high visibility patrols in both town centres throughout the coming months.

Known as Operation Brillo, patrols will run mostly in the afternoons and evenings in Welwyn Garden City town centre and surrounding areas, and Hatfield town centre and the Galleria.

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"We tend to see an increase in ASB during the summer holidays," said Inspector Amy Sheldon.

"We hope our presence will help deter this behaviour, which can have a detrimental effect on other people and businesses in the area and we encourage members of the public to come and speak to us about any issues they are experiencing.

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"No one should have to put up with ASB which typically includes shouting, swearing, drinking in public places, intimidating and threatening behaviour and nuisance crime.

"We are here to help to make sure everyone enjoys their summer without problems."