Litany of leisure centre crimes in Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield include outraging public decency and GBH

PUBLISHED: 12:00 27 October 2012

Gosling Sports Park

Gosling Sports Park


OUTRAGING public decency and grievous bodily harm are just two of the crimes reported at Welwyn Hatfield leisure centres in the past two years.

Figures obtained using Freedom of Information laws have revealed a total of 76 offences were reported, spread among centres in Welwyn Hatfield between October 2010 and September this year.

A breakdown of the statistics, released this week, shows Gosling Sports Park had 37 offences, including outraging public decency and GBH.

Other offences reported at the Stanborough Road site included robbery, ABH, harassment, criminal damage and theft.

A spokesman said: “At Gosling Sports Park we take great pride in our record of serving and protecting all of our users.

“Each and every one of these incidents that we are made aware of is treated with the greatest of respect and care.

“We are very proud of the fact that this number is reflective of less than 0.0018 of a per cent of visitors attending the sports park and therefore feel that Gosling is a very safe and enjoyable place for people to come.”

Hatfield Swim Centre, in Lemsford Road, had 11 reported offences including theft by an employee, domestic violence and bicycle thefts.

Hatfield Leisure Centre, in Travellers Lane and Birchwood Leisure Centre in Longmead, Hatfield, had 10 offences each.

They included forgery, in passing counterfeit banknotes, breach of a non-molestation order, harassment, GBH, ABH and burglary.

Reacting to the statistics from Birchwood Leisure Centre, a Hatfield Town Council spokeswoman said: “This council contributes towards two Pcsos to work specifically within our parks and open spaces and the town centre and we hold regular meetings with them.

“The town council is committed to helping the police provide a safe place for residents and visitors to enjoy.”

Finesse Leisure, which runs Hatfield Leisure Centre and Hatfield Swim Centre, said it takes all reported crime seriously.

A spokeswoman added: “We implement swift remedial action if there’s anything we can do to prevent it happening again.”

David Lloyd, in Hatfield Business Park, had eight crimes reported in the two-year period.

They included fraud by false representation, criminal damage, domestic violence and theft.

A spokeswoman told the WHT: “David Lloyd Leisure takes security at its clubs very seriously and has a comprehensive range of measures in force, including CCTV, a technologically-advanced member ID system and a thorough guest signing in process, aimed at preventing and discouraging criminal behaviour on our premises.”

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