Armed police called to Hatfield student party

A RESIDENT has called for action after armed police were needed to help disperse 150 revellers at a student house party in Hatfield.

Stephen Bamfield of Bradshaws, was awoken at 3am by the “horrendous” noise of the bash in Redhall Drive last month.

The angry dad-of-two compared the night’s events to that of a “war zone”.

He said: “There must have been around 150 people there, most from the University of Hertfordshire.

“The girl next door to the house [where the party was held] is five months pregnant; she was crying her eyes out.

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“It was horrendous and we live in a war zone down here now.”

Mr Bamfield, 52, believes the landlords of student accommodation should be accountable for bad behaviour.

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He added: “The landlords who rent these places out are rolling in the money and it’s about time they are held responsible for this.

“There is also no consequence of the students’ actions and I think people who cause trouble should be kicked off their courses.

“We have had so many problems with students over the years but it continues. We are sick of it.”

A police spokeswoman said five members of the public called 999 in regards to the party, on January 31, and 13 officers attended the scene.

She added: “Quite a number of people [partygoers] were there.

“Armed police attended purely because more police officers were needed, not because there were any weapons.

“One person was arrested, but then de-arrested at the scene.

“The incident was dealt with by 4.45am.”

A university spokeswoman said: “We are aware of the party in a house occupied by students on January 31.

“Police were called as there were a number of people who were trying to get into the party who were not invited guests.”

She continued: “Although this party was out of hours in a private property and the occupants of the house were very sorry for the disturbance that this caused – the University of Hertfordshire takes student conduct and respect for the community very seriously.

“Disciplinary action is taken against students found to be involved in any incidents.”

The spokeswoman added some students involved in the party had received disciplinary action, but declined to say how many were involved or what action had been taken.

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