Reports of anti-social behaviour in a Welwyn Garden City shopping area have dropped to zero following the good work of two Safer Neighbourhood Team officers.
PC Jessica Mepham and PCSO Jack Andrews have been working hard, responding to concerns from the public about teenagers causing a nuisance in the Moors Walk shopping area, Panshanger.
Over a few weeks in September, police received numerous reports of teenagers climbing on shop roofs, behaving anti-socially and causing a general nuisance to frustrated locals.
In a bid to tackle the problem, PC Mepham and PCSO Andrew carried out CCTV enquiries and worked with local schools to identify those involved. On Wednesday 21 September, seven teenagers were spoken to in a joint meeting with police and representatives from Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council. The teenagers’ parents also joined them.
During the meeting, those not already known to police were issued Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (ABCs). An ABC is a voluntary written agreement that gets signed by the person committing anti-social behaviour. When they sign the contract, they agree to follow the rules specified and to work with the relevant support agencies to help them.
Those who had previously been in trouble with the police were issued Acceptable Behaviour Agreements (ABAs) which are a stricter version and act as a record that the behaviour has escalated.
Home visits are being paid to a small number of teenagers who did not show up and they too will be issued either an ABC or an ABA.
Sergeant Emma Francis, from the Welwyn Hatfield Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “I’m pleased to say that since the work has taken place with the teenagers’ school to speak to those involved, we’ve not had any calls or reports of anti-social behaviour at Moors Walk.
“I hope this news is reassuring to local residents and is a reminder that your concerns are always listened to. I’d also like to say a big well done to PC Mepham and PCSO Andrews for their dedicated work in tackling this problem.
“The ABCs will last for six months and the ABAs for 12 months. I’m glad we’ve been able to take these steps and I wish the teenagers the best as they begin to work towards a brighter future.”
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