Mum starts group to tackle crime and support youths

Trish Hadden and Mat Hadden. Picture: Supplied.

Trish Hadden and Mat Hadden. Picture: Supplied.

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A Potters Bar mum is encouraging residents to form a group in a bid to fight crime, support youths and tackle other issues the town faces.

Trish Hadden and Mat hadden. Picture: Supplied.Trish Hadden and Mat hadden. Picture: Supplied.

Trish Hadden, 54, of Rushfield, took to social media to share her idea of setting up a Potters Bar Residents’ Association and was “shocked” by the response.

In just over 24 hours nearly 80 residents have come forward to volunteer their free time.

As it is early days the mum-of-two is keen to hear what other residents have to say and wants to work as a team to come up with plans.

She told the Potters Bar Edition: “There’s been a lot of crime in the area. Not just burglaries but also antisocial behaviour such as smashing up cars and setting motorbikes alight.

“I know from talking to local youths that there is an increase in drugs being used in the town.”

Luckily for Trish, CCTV on her house put off potential burglars who were acting suspiciously nearby recently.

Trish, who has lived in Potters Bar for 20 years with her husband Mat and two sons aged 18 and 20, added: “I used to be able to leave the house with the back door unlocked but you could never do that now.

“People are beginning to just shut themselves behind doors and not go out for walks or anything anymore.”

The council worker said although plans for the group are not set, the aim would be to give youths the chance to have their say and Trish is particularly keen on getting youngsters to join the group.

It would also aim to encourage “positive ideas”, improve the area’s low level crime and bring the town together as a community.

Trish added: “We already have an amazing community in Potters Bar and this would bring us together even more to tackle the problems.”

She also outlined that setting up the residents’ association may mean that the group can apply for grants, business funding and would have more power engaging with the council and police.

Trish said: “I’ve been overwhelmed by the response and didn’t expect it to take off like it has done. I’ve been flooded with messages from people offering to help.”

If you are interested in joining the group, contact Trish by emailing trish.hadden@hpsl.co.uk

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