Welwyn Garden City police officer holds antisocial behaviour meeting with youths

PUBLISHED: 09:57 27 March 2018 | UPDATED: 09:57 27 March 2018

PC James Tassell. Picture: Herts Constabulary.

PC James Tassell. Picture: Herts Constabulary.


A Welwyn Garden City-based police officer spoke to youngsters at two events as part of a drive to tackle the town’s antisocial behaviour problem.

Welwyn Hatfield Safer Neighbourhood Team officer James Tassell is responsible for dealing with several hotspots, including Woodhall shops, Peartree and Howlands.

As part of the role he visits the Youth Hub in Peartree Lane every few months, and during his latest drop-in he spoke to over 30 people aged between 11 and 18 about antisocial behaviour and its effects on the community.

PC Tassell said: “This work is a vital part of tackling ASB in local areas as it helps me to get to know and better understand the few local young people who may have been involved in nuisance behaviour in the past, or have witnessed their friends involved.”

Youth worker Timothy Lengden said the session was useful as youngsters were engaging and it helps police build trust with them.

He added: “Overall it went really well, the young people had many questions for the officers about crime and they had the chance to discuss how they felt there was a negative view about young people in the area.

“We shall continue to look forward to PC Tassell’s visits.”

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