Police volunteers have helped to tackle a "spate of criminal damage" in Hitchin.

Recent offences had been reported in the Westmill and Bearton areas of the town.

"Hertfordshire's Special Constabulary" took part in an operation on Friday, October 7.

On the day, ten special officers carried out "high visibility patrols" as a deterrant. 

Two specials also volunteered with members of Herts Police's Operation Scorpion team in an unmarked vehicle.

According to Herts police, the deterrent was successful - with no incidents of criminal damage having been reported that night.

Inspector James Lant said: "I would like to say a big thank you to all the specials for their help.

"The high visibility presence clearly helped to prevent further incidents and their support was very much appreciated.”

Special Superintendent Mike Allardyce added: “We were pleased to be able to help out the officers in Hitchin and I am glad our efforts paid off.

“This operation is a great example of the difference that you can make volunteering as a special constable.

"We welcome applications all year round so if you are interested in finding out more, visit hertspolicespecials.co.uk."