Teenagers arrested after anti-social behaviour in Welwyn Garden City
PUBLISHED: 09:22 26 September 2016
Police are appealing for witnesses and information after a group of around 20 people were involved in disorder in Welwyn Garden City town centre.
The group, thought to include people in their early to late teens, were behaving in a rowdy and inconsiderate manner around the town centre from 9pm on Saturday, September 24 until the early hours of Sunday, September 25.
A 17-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy, both from Welwyn Garden City, have been arrested in connection with the disorder and remain in police custody. Further investigations are on-going.
Welwyn Hatfield Intervention Inspector Kio Bozorgi said: “The behaviour this group of individuals demonstrated on Saturday night was unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
“I would like to reassure members of the public that we are taking these incidents seriously. We are increasing our high visibility patrols around the town centre in Welwyn Garden City to monitor the situation and to deal with any other outbreaks of disorder as quickly as possible.
“Under the Anti-Social Behaviour Policing Act, we have also put dispersal orders on in areas of the town centre. As a result, anyone congregating in these areas and behaving in an anti-social manner will be arrested if they do not cease their behaviour and move on.
“To those responsible for causing the trouble, I would like to make it clear that we are working hard to identify you and will deal with you robustly when we catch up with you.
“I’d also like to ask parents of teenagers from the local area to please be aware of where your children are to ensure they are not part of the group who are responsible for the disorder.
“Anyone involved in the disorder could face further police action including a criminal conviction, fines and imprisonment.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police via the non-emergency number 101.
Alternatively, you can contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will never need to go to court.