Police ready to listen to concerns in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 17:31 18 February 2019

Police will be hosting a weekly stall at The Howard Centre, Welwyn Garden City. Picture: DANNY LOO

Police will be hosting a weekly stall at The Howard Centre, Welwyn Garden City. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Neighbourhood police officers will be holding a weekly stall in Welwyn Garden City to listen to any concerns residents may have.

Officers from the Welwyn Hatfield North Safer Neighbourhood Team will be at the Howard Centre from this Wednesday (February 20) onwards.

PC Alex Smedley, from the Welwyn Hatfield North Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “The weekly stall will allow us a chance to speak to local residents face-to-face about any concerns they might have.

“Antisocial behaviour in the town centre has been raised as an issue locally.

“Our presence in the Howard Centre will also hopefully deter any nuisance behaviour before it occurs and allow us to take appropriate action if it does.”

The weekly stalls are part of ongoing work by the Safer Neighbourhood Team to help combat antisocial behaviour in the area.

Since Friday, February 15, officers from the team have increased patrols to help prevent antisocial behaviour throughout the current half-term holiday.

PC Smedley continued: “While residents will be able to speak to us about antisocial behaviour, I’d like to make clear that we’ll be on hand to speak about any issues and we’ll also be providing crime prevention advice.

“Please feel free to drop by and say hello.

“We’re here to help make the town a safer place to live and work and you shouldn’t hesitate to get in touch if you have concerns that you want to raise.”

The weekly stall will be on the ground floor by the escalator every Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm.

Where optional requirements mean that officers cannot attend, the team will post this on their Twitter account: @WelHatNthPolice

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