‘Frame and shame’ police campaign releases another image as crackdown on West Alley wee problem continues
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Police who have responded to the continuing problem of town centre revellers using a secluded Hitchin alley as a public toilet with a ‘frame and shame’ campaign have released another image captured by CCTV.
The cameras were installed last year after people living in the area, just off Market Place, complained about West Alley being plagued by antisocial behaviour.
In July police warned that they’d be releasing images captured by the surveillance to the media, as well as issuing on the spot fines or taking further action where necessary, and although the problem dipped immediately afterwards it has started to climb again.
The latest images were captured on weekends during August, they say.
Issues in the area have included drug activity, rowdy behaviour and graffiti as well as public urinating.
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Sgt Richard Wilmot of the North Herts community safety team said: “We warned that if people continued to use the area as a toilet and to commit other forms of antisocial behaviour that we would start to release CCTV images.
“While we saw a reduction in reports when the warning was initially put out, incidents have risen again.
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“We are responding directly to complaints made by the people who live in the area as the behaviour they have been experiencing is unacceptable.
“It may be that those pictured were simply in the area at the time and can help with our enquiries, so if you think you recognise them, please contact me as soon as possible on the police non-emergency number 101.”