A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing a public nuisance and possessing an offensive weapon after a horse and trap event in Hatfield.

Officers from the Welwyn and Hatfield Neighbourhood Policing Team were on patrol this morning (March 16), when they came across the trap on the A414 heading towards the town.

The driver was quickly traced at the end of the event and arrested on suspicion of intentionally or recklessly causing a public nuisance, and possession of an offensive weapon.

The man remains in police custody at this time.

"We are aware of the continuing disruption that this kind of activity has on members of the public trying to go about their daily business," said Sergeant Robert Wilson from the NPT.

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"I hope that news of an arrest shows that we will not tolerate actions that endanger members of the public, horse riders or the horses themselves and anyone caught taking part in similar activity in the future will be dealt with robustly, such as in the case today.

"I am appealing for anyone who witnessed the race this morning or who was held up in traffic caused by it, to please contact us using the methods below, as soon as possible."

You can report information online at herts.police.uk/report, via online web chat at herts.police.uk/contact, or by calling the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference 0209 16 March - Op REFRACT.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

The green trap pictured was seized by officers after no owner could be identified at the scene. If you recognise this trap and wish to collect it, you can do so by attending Hatfield Police Station with proof of ownership.