Police pledge crack-down on troubled parts of Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 17:54 27 February 2017 | UPDATED: 18:00 27 February 2017

PC James Tassell.

PC James Tassell.

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A prize-winning police officer with a thorough knowledge of the troubled Woodhall area of Welwyn Garden City has been given the special responsibility of cracking down on its crime and anti-social behaviour.

PC James Tassell of the Welwyn Hatfield North Safer Neighbourhood Team has been tasked with working with “partner agencies” such as the borough council,the fire service and the probation service to find a long term solution to ongoing trouble in the area.

Several residents and shopkeepers complained about groups of rowdy youths repeatedly fighting and causing a nuisance near the Woodhall shopping parade in September and October.

But PC Tassell will also work in the neighbouring Peartree, Howlands, Hall Grove and Hollybush areas, alongside PCSOs Dan Hill and Luke Smith.

He said: “I am really pleased to have the chance to address the ASB (anti-social behaviour) and disorder in an area I have policed for many years.

“I will be tackling issues head on by conducting high visibility patrols to catch those causing a nuisance, provide a deterrent to would-be offenders and to prevent escalation into further crime and disorder.

“I will also liaise with the parents of young people, the public and local business owners to identify anyone causing problems and take early intervention to prevent further escalation to more serious criminality.

“This will also involve investigating crimes linked to ASB to ensure offenders are brought to justice and I will work alongside partner agencies and make use of ASB powers such as behaviour contracts, criminal behaviour orders and dispersal orders to deal with abusive, threatening or disruptive behaviour where appropriate.”

PC Tassell, who has ten years of experience, won the Hertfordshire Constabulary Neighbourhood Officer of the Year Award in 2012.

He added: “Over the years I have policed the area, I have had the chance to get to know the local communities well.

“I have always found people to be supportive of local policing and I hope to continue this good relationship and maintain and improve the quality of life for local residents.”

Twelve male suspects aged between 16 and 21 who were arrested in connection with anti-social behaviour in October are due to answer police bail on March 8.

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