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Appeal following criminal damage and racist graffiti in Hatfield

8 Apr 2021
  • At around 6pm on Friday 12 March, two males gained access to a building site in Minster Close.

  • Equipment was damaged and a racist slur was spray-painted on to a building container.

  • Officers have released a photo of clothing belonging to someone who might be able to help their enquiries.

  • If you can help, call 101 or email PC Lee Rowson quoting crime reference 41/18562/21.

Officers investigating an incident of criminal damage in Hatfield have released a photo of clothing worn by a teenager who might be able to help their enquiries.

At around 6pm on Friday 12 March, two males gained access to a building site in Minster Close where they damaged building equipment, windows and CCTV cameras.

A racist slur was also spray-painted on to a building container before the males made off.

PC Lee Rowson, who is investigating, said: “We have a CCTV footage of a person who was in the area and might be able to help our enquiries. We believe them to be under the age of 18 so to protect their identity, we’re sharing a cropped image of their clothing in the hope that someone might recognise it. It’s a very distinctive hoody, so if you think you know who it belongs to please get in touch.

“Similarly, I would like to hear from anyone who witnessed what happened or anyone with information about the incident. Please get in touch by calling 101 or email PC Lee Rowson quoting crime reference 41/18562/21.

“Finally, I would like to reassure you that we take a very strong stance against racism in Welwyn Hatfield and across Hertfordshire. Such behaviour will not be tolerated and we have dedicated hate crime officers who are there to support victims of crimes that are motivated by racism.”

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Reporting hate crime

Hate crimes are crimes like any other, but that have the added distinction that the victim was targeted because of their disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity.

Victims and witnesses can report incidents to police without fear via the non-emergency number 101, online or 999 if a crime is on-going. Victims can be reassured that they will be taken seriously and treated with sensitivity. However if people do not feel comfortable speaking directly to police, hate crime can also be reported online through the True Vision website (opens in a new window) which all police forces in England, Northern Ireland and Wales are signed up to. The online report will then be forwarded to the relevant local police force.

For more information about hate crime, visit Herts Against Hate (opens in a new window).

 

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