Woman and a man fined for a lewd act in Hitchin’s West Alley
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A woman and a man have been fined for a public order offence as a result of ‘inappropriate behaviour’ in Hitchin in the early hours of Sunday morning.
A 23-year-old woman from Norwich and a 21-year-old-man from Luton were fined £90 each for a lewd act which took place in West Alley after a member of the public alerted police.
In July, police issued a warning to anyone who continued to use a secluded area in West Alley as a toilet or to commit anti-social behaviour that CCTV images of those suspected to be involved would be published online and given to the Comet so the public could identify them.
Two further images of people officers would like to speak to have now been released, following a series of CCTV frames which were published earlier this month and after the warning in July.
Community safety sergeant Richard Wilmot said: “Due to the anti-social behaviour problems happening in West Alley – which has included people urinating, rowdy behaviour, graffiti and inappropriate behaviour such as in this instance – we have stepped up patrols in the area and are working with local people to keep us informed if anything untoward happens.
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“As a result we were close to the area in the early hours of Sunday morning when the report came in and were able to hold the two offenders to account for their behaviour.
“We have warned that if people continued to use the area as a toilet and to commit other forms of anti-social behaviour, we’d start to release CCTV images of those suspected to be involved to the media and on social media in the hope the public can help us to identify them.
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“In this instance, the couple have already been dealt with so we do not need to release pictures of them, but I’d like to remind people that we will stay true to our word.”
Anyone who does recognise the people in the pictures are asked to contact Sergeant Wilmot as soon as possible on the police non-emergency number 101.