Thirteen arrests made as police crack down on antisocial behaviour

PUBLISHED: 17:37 30 September 2016 | UPDATED: 17:37 30 September 2016

Drugs raid near Woodhall shops in Welwyn Garden City

Drugs raid near Woodhall shops in Welwyn Garden City

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Thirteen arrests have been made since violence in Welwyn Garden City town centre over the weekend.

It is part of a police crackdown on antisocial behaviour and suspected drug activity by Woodhall shops, and the two latest arrests happened this afternoon near Cole Green Lane after a drugs bust on a nearby flat.

The raid also resulted in seizures of what is believed to be cannabis, drugs paraphernalia, two swords and suspected stolen property.

The violence over the weekend in the town centre involved roughly 20 youths, and three men were assaulted and robbed between late Saturday and early Sunday morning.

Detective Inspector John Hazeldine, who leads Welwyn Hatfield’s Local Crime Unit, said: “Operation Hade was devised in response to the ASB problems which have been happening in Woodhall Shops on Cole Green Lane, the disorder experienced in the town centre in Welwyn Garden City on Saturday night and suspected drugs use.

“We will not tolerate the unacceptable behaviour which has been demonstrated by certain individuals in recent weeks; we are coming down hard on those responsible and will not relent in our actions to put a permanent stop to it.

“I am pleased with the arrests made today. Drug related crime in Welwyn Hatfield is low and to keep it that way we are determined to deal robustly with anyone believed to be involved in such offences.”

He added: “Curfews have also been put on seven of those who have been arrested and further investigations are on-going.

“We are keeping up our high visibility patrols, have stopped and searched 18 people as part of our investigations and are speaking to the parents of these individuals.

“We are also working with the education authorities and partner agencies to put long-term measures in place, such a diversionary activities, to put a permanent stop to this behaviour.

“To those who have been causing the trouble - we are working hard to identify you and will deal with you robustly when we find you.”

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