A youth project could be launched for youngsters causing trouble in Bushey.

It is part of attempts by police to tackle antisocial behaviour blighting parts of the town.

Verbal abuse, congregating in groups, and smoking cannabis are among the issues reported to police with Moatfield Park and the shops in Harcourt Road revealed as hotspots.

Bushey and Radlett safer neighbourhood sergeant Iain Brunt says patrols have increased and some action has been taken against disruptive teenagers, including issuing acceptable behaviour agreements.

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But Sgt Brunt has recognised giving youngsters something to focus on can help deter them from committing unruly behaviour.

He said: “Evidence shows that diversionary activities can help to reduce incidents of antisocial behaviour and this approach has worked particularly well in Borehamwood where the Friday Night Project has seen young people come together to participate in free sporting activities.”

Sgt Brunt has confirmed that his officers plan to work with Hertsmere Borough Council to try and replicate the Friday Night Project in Bushey.

To kick-start this, Hertfordshire Constabulary has launched a survey aimed at children aged 11 to 15 in Bushey.

The survey includes five questions and seeks to find out what type of activities the children would like to take part in, where in Bushey they would like to see the project based, and when during the week.

A council spokesperson said: “We are working with the police to launch diversionary projects for young people, like the successful Friday Night Project in Borehamwood, to help tackle anti-social behaviour in Bushey.

“The aim of the survey is to hear from young people about the types of activities they’d be interested in attending.”

The survey can be found via this link: orlo.uk/Ubsji

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Youngsters are also being encouraged to sign up with Hertsmere Cadets, which meets every Tuesday evening and is open to all.

Police say this work to tackle antisocial behaviour is a police priority. These are decided based on reports from members of the public who report issues facing their community via the force’s Echo platform.

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