Two people were arrested during an operation to tackle drug dealing and anti-social behaviour.

A large number of police officers were in South Oxhey on the evening of May 10 after responding to community concerns.

Both marked and unmarked officers from across Three Rivers and Watford spent the evening talking to neighbours and carrying out patrols in anti-social hotspots.

Youngsters were moved on from these areas while they were also spoken to as police tried to engage with them.

On the night, a 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of possession with the intent to supply a Class B drug and obstructing a police officer. He has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

A 19-year-old man was arrested for previously failing to appear at court in relation to a number of burglaries. He appeared before Hatfield Remand Court the following day (May 11) and received a 12-month conditional discharge.

Sergeant Dan Amos, from the South Oxhey Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “We understand that the community may be feeling vulnerable following recent events in their neighbourhood, but I want to reassure them that we are taking positive action to tackle the issues that they have raised with us.

“Our officers received a lot of encouraging feedback from residents, who were pleased to see anti-social behaviour being confronted head on. These are the issues that affect people’s everyday quality of life and we are therefore dedicated to pursuing those who choose to commit crime and negatively impact their surrounding community.”