Arrests after ‘@mosphere’ night at University of Hertfordshire turns sour

EXTRA police officers had to be called in to break up fighting outside a university nightclub last week, the second such incident in a matter of days.

Seven men, all in their late teens or 20s, were arrested outside the University of Hertfordshire’s Forum complex at about 2.30am on Tuesday last week.

It follows similar scenes near the Asda supermarket in Hatfield on Friday, May 21, as reported in the Welwyn Hatfield Times.

Revellers had been celebrating the last ‘@mosphere’ night of the academic year at the club before the violent scenes occurred shortly after the 2am closing time.

Six on-duty officers at the College Lane campus were joined by a further 14 from Hertfordshire Constabulary to deal with the altercation.

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A police spokeswoman said: “Officers from the Hatfield safer neighbourhood team carry out proactive patrols in the area in order to provide a reassuring presence and to prevent related incidents of disorder.

“The team has dedicated officers who work closely with the university.”

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Geraldine Ward, deputy dean of students at the uni, said: “We are disappointed to hear of the incidents that have taken place during the celebratory period surrounding the end of term and exams.

“Although the behaviour of the majority of our students is exemplary, the university takes all incidents very seriously and disciplinary action is taken against those found to be involved.”

* Reuben Maynard, 21, from Tottenham, North London, was arrested and charged with resisting arrest and obstructing a police officer.

He is due before Central Herts Magistrates’ Court on June 8.

* A 21-year-old man of Camden, North London, was arrested and bailed for affray.

* A 20-year-old man from Hatfield was cautioned for public order.

* A 19-year-old man and a 22-year-old man both from London were cautioned for affray and an 18-year-old man from London was cautioned for common assault.

* An Ilford man in his 20s was given an �80 fixed penalty notice for abusive language.

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