Police say they will be focusing patrols on two parks after an increase in reports of vandalism and underage drinking.

Officers in Hertsmere say they are aware of antisocial behaviour in Phillimore Recreation Ground in Radlett and Moatfield Park in Bushey.

At Phillimore, police and Aldenham Parish Council say they are aware of a large group of teenagers – aged around 16 - congregating in the park, particularly on Friday evenings.

They are said to be drinking, smoking cannabis, graffitiing, making loud noise, lighting small fires and leaving litter.


Watford Observer: Moatfield Park, Bushey. Credit: Google MapsMoatfield Park, Bushey. Credit: Google Maps

On four occasions in recent weeks, parish council staff have attended the park on a Saturday morning to clean up graffiti and broken glass.

Police say they do not know whether the culprits are local but have accused them of “disrespecting” the environment and putting others in “danger”.

Meanwhile, similar behaviour has been reported at Moatfield Park as well as in the shopping parade in Harcourt Road in Bushey.

For the next three months, officers from the Hertsmere safer neighbourhood team will be carrying out extra patrols in these areas in a bid to crack down on the concerns raised by members of the public.

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