Police launch campaign to create safer night time economy in Hertford after rise in assaults


Police have launched a campaign to create a safer night time economy in Hertford.

The force have seen an increase in the number of assaults in the town centre and this time last year in particular saw a rise in violent crime.

Victims of assault have included a 20-year-old man sustaining a black eye having been punched in an unprovoked attack around 2am on Fore Street in April 2018.

In September 2018, police explored the possibility of a man aged in his 20s being a victim of assault after he left Popworld in Bull Plain.

He suffered a fractured jaw, a serious eye injury and cuts to his face having left the club around 2.30am, however had no recollection of how he came about his injuries.

Popworld, Hertford
Popworld, Hertford

Police were called shortly after midnight in December 2018 to Fore Street after reports of an assault near to the Nationwide ATM.

One victim, a male, suffered a fractured eye socket, while another victim was rushed to hospital in a serious condition.

There have been two assaults in March alone, with a man sustaining a bleed on the brain and a fractured skull following an incident on Sunday, March 3, after a group of people had left Popworld.

Emergency services rushed to Maidenhead Street during the early hours of the morning after a man in his 20s was punched in the side of the head, fell to the ground and lost consciousness.

A cordon in place of Fore Street following an assault on December 14, 2018
A cordon in place of Fore Street following an assault on December 14, 2018

A pedestrian also fell to the floor after being punched in the back of the head outside The Old Cross Tavern in St Andrew Street at 9.50pm on Friday, March 22.

The victim, a man in his 40s, had been walking on the pavement with his partner when they became engaged in a verbal altercation with a man on a pushbike.

The cyclist then punched the victim in the back of the head, causing him to fall to the ground, before leaving the scene.

The victim received medical treatment for minor injuries.

The Old Cross Tavern in St Andrew Street
The Old Cross Tavern in St Andrew Street

A partnership between Hertfordshire Constabulary, East Herts District Council and local venues aims to reduce the level of violent crime related to the night time economy, especially ahead of the spring and summer months.

Chief Inspector of East Herts, Stuart Orton, said: “We’re getting increased reports of assaults and we’re coming into a busy period of time.

“Last year April saw a significant increase in violent crime and crimes linked to night time economy, so we’re going to be working with venues themselves to try and make it a safer night out.

 

“That’s going to be working with door staff to make sure they’re acting appropriately and working with the licensed premises to make sure they are selling alcohol safely.

“The fact that it’s Easter, it extends the period of drinking over the Bank Holiday weekend.”

In September 2018, pubs and clubs across East Herts were given metal detecting ‘wands’ in an attempt by police to crack down on people carrying weapons on nights out.

The roll out came at the same time as a nationwide police initiative, Operation Sceptre, to educate about the issues of knife crime in the country.

Police sergeant Michael Clark from the Hertford and Ware Safer Neighbour Team in September 2018 giving a knife wand to Nina Rampling of the Dog and Whistle in Hertford
Police sergeant Michael Clark from the Hertford and Ware Safer Neighbour Team in September 2018 giving a knife wand to Nina Rampling of the Dog and Whistle in Hertford

ID scanners have also been installed across Hertford, which has fast become a destination town.

“We welcome the fact that venues have accepted to install ID scanners and it’s partially funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner,” continued CI Orton.

“We welcome the deterrent effect that it has.

“The impact that it has on us being able to identify any offenders or crimes linked to those premises.

“At the moment we’re showing Hertford is a destination town and we want to work with the venues and EHDC to make it a safer night out.

“We’re problem solving together with the business community.”

Police welcome feedback and anyone with any concerns about Hertford’s night time economy can report it via the non-emergency number 101 or at herts.police.uk/report



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