Getting tough on vandals

PUBLISHED: 12:46 06 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:06 26 October 2009

A CAMPAIGN is being launched to help tackle vandalism on the streets of Potters Bar. From Friday police will target those who cause criminal damage and alcohol related anti-social behaviour in the town. They will work with agencies across the county to c

A CAMPAIGN is being launched to help tackle vandalism on the streets of Potters Bar.

From Friday police will target those who cause criminal damage and alcohol related anti-social behaviour in the town.

They will work with agencies across the county to combat the serious issues including graffiti and under-age drinking.

Sgt Nick Caveney said: "Criminal damage ranges from graffiti on a park bench to someone smashing a bus stop.

"It may not be considered the most serious of crimes but it can affect high numbers of people.

"Graffiti and causing damage are criminal offences and we will be going out to prevent it happening, catch offenders and to educate people."

Police and neighbourhood teams will also proactively enforce the town's no-alcohol zone.

Youngsters under 18 and in possession of alcohol will be forced to hand over their drink.

Officers also have powers to disperse large groups in the area.

If you have any information about criminal damage or graffiti, call Hertfordshire Constabulary on 0845 33 00 222.

The campaign runs until next Saturday, February 16.

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