Police step up patrols to catch people urinating in a secluded area of Hitchin town centre

Police CCTV footage of Hitchin's West Alley

Police CCTV footage of Hitchin's West Alley - Credit: Archant

Police are stepping up patrols in and around a secluded area in Hitchin town centre which has been used as a ‘toilet’.

Police CCTV footage of a man appearing to urinate in West Alley

Police CCTV footage of a man appearing to urinate in West Alley - Credit: Archant

West Alley, near a small block of flats and a handful of independent business, has been plagued with people urinating, scrawling graffiti on the walls, drug activity and rowdy behaviour – forcing police to act.

CCTV has been installed, and the police are increasing their presence in order to catch culprits and hand them fines of up to £60.

Their action has already yielded results – with an 18-year-old man caught urinating in West Alley by patrolling officers in the early hours of Friday, July 10, and given a fixed penalty notice. The man was also captured in the act by CCTV.

North Herts community sergeant Richard Wilmot said: “Generally Hitchin does not have a bad problem with anti-social behaviour, but unfortunately as West Alley is quite secluded it can attract people causing a nuisance, often fuelled by alcohol – particularly at the weekends when the pubs and clubs are at their busiest.”

Police CCTV images show a man caught in the act in West Alley by officers

Police CCTV images show a man caught in the act in West Alley by officers - Credit: Archant

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sergeant Wilmot or Hitchin Safer Neighborhood Team Sergeant Steve Oliphant on 101.