Police meet with youths

POLICE have been consulting with youngsters in a bid to reduce the levels of anti-social behaviour in a town centre. Hertfordshire Police were joined by representatives from North Hertfordshire District Council, the Youth Service and Soundbase in talking

POLICE have been consulting with youngsters in a bid to reduce the levels of anti-social behaviour in a town centre.

Hertfordshire Police were joined by representatives from North Hertfordshire District Council, the Youth Service and Soundbase in talking to about 80 youths who gather in the centre of Hitchin.

Youths in the town, who used to gather on Windmill Hill, relocated to Hitchin Market and the Bancroft Recreation Ground during the winter months and used the areas as meeting places, primarily on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Since then market stalls, lighting and some nearby public toilets have been damaged, although it has been stressed by the police that these incidents were caused by only a few.

The groups who met with the youngsters will assess the issues which came out and will look into what can be done with regards to appropriate staffing and venues to hold activities for them.

During the discussions a number of youngsters had alcohol confiscated from them by the police.