Hatfield councillor: ‘Raging hormones and no respect’

PUBLISHED: 10:51 20 November 2015 | UPDATED: 10:51 20 November 2015

Cllr Heather Ciarleglio with her dog Jensen

Cllr Heather Ciarleglio with her dog Jensen

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A councillor has blamed a spate of vandalism in her part of Hatfield on a lack of youth activities in the town.

Police revealed last week that bus shelter windows have been smashed 16 times in the Hatfield Business Park area since early June, costing more than £7,000.

The most frequently targeted roads have been Mosquito Way, Gypsy Moth Avenue and The Runway, with police issuing descriptions of two 14-year-old boys they think are responsible.

Town councillor Heather Ciarleglio, who represents the area and lives in Mosquito Way, told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “It is horrendous.

“My dog cut his foot on glass a couple of moths back, and we had to take him to the vet.

“Hatfield is improving as a town, and crime is relatively low, but we do have a problem with youth.

“There is a total lack of respect. Fourteen-year-old boys have hormones raging. We have to provide them with a way of letting of steam.

“Hopefully the stadium that the town council is working on will start to ease the problem.”

Both dark haired suspects are white, with medium build, and about 14.

One wears a grey tracksuit and rides a black BMX bicycle.

The other wears a grey top, black tracksuit bottoms and black trainers, and also rides a BMX.

Constable Gavin Richardson said: “It is strongly believed that these suspects are responsible for most, if not all, of these damages since June.

“I would like to hear from anyone who remembers seeing these people in the area, matching the descriptions given, to make contact.

“I would urge parents in Hatfield to question what your children doing when they are not with you.

“Could it be your children responsible or do they know who is causing this mindless and pointless damage?”

Police are working with the business park management company and have stepped up patrols.

Anyone with information should contact PC Richardson via the non-emergency number 101, quoting Operation Bident.


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