Police urge parents to be 'more aware' after antisocial behaviour spike in Welwyn Garden City
PUBLISHED: 13:06 18 December 2017
Police in Welwyn Garden City have urged parents to do more to combat antisocial behaviour following a recent spike in the town.
Officers today warned that the increase in the town centre, Peartree and by Woodhall shops would not be tolerated, and stressed that parents must be “more aware” of their children’s actions to ensure they are not involved.
Welwyn Hatfield Safer Neighbourhood Team Inspector Sophia Adams said: “Parental responsibility goes beyond the front door and it’s important to know that anyone involved could face further police action including a criminal conviction, fines or even imprisonment.
“If a young person is convicted of disorder they could end up with a criminal record, which can have a detrimental effect on the rest of their lives – and no parent would want that for their child.”
The recent crime rise has sparked an increase in local police patrols, which along with Welwyn Hatfield Council, have been writing to parents of the children involved.
Sophia added: “We will not tolerate this unacceptable behaviour in Welwyn Garden City.
“This was proven when only last week ten individuals were sentenced in connection with disorder in the town.
“Each of them faced serious consequences including imprisonment, detention orders and curfews, not to mention criminal records which will now stay with them for the rest of their lives.”
She urged anyone with information about suspicious activity to contact police via 101 or report it online at https://www.herts.police.uk/Home.aspx .