The conviction of a teenager who was "a thorn in the side of South Oxhey" has been hailed a success by a local police officer.

Bradley Cresswell was sentenced to three years and two months in prison after he pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm and also admitted a public order offence, supplying cocaine and dangerous driving.

The 18-year-old was called a "snivelling wretch" by sentencing judge, John Plumstead, when he appeared before St Albans Crown Court on Tuesday.

Luke Mitchell, safer neighbourhood team sergeant in South Oxhey, welcomed the sentencing.

He said: "I concur with the comments made by Judge Plumstead. Bradley Cresswell has been a thorn in the side of South Oxhey for a long time. He thought he was invincible.

"He caused misery for residents and I know this conviction will be welcome to them.

"Although we have not been able to speak publically before about his offending due to his age, I’d reassure people that the Safer Neighbourhood Team, alongside a number of specialist units, has been working hard to ensure a successful prosecution and a positive outcome for the community.

"He will now spend the next few years in prison, and I hope he takes that time to think about turning his life around."

Cresswell was also banned from driving for 12 months and must take an extended retest before he can get his licence back.