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Police ramp up patrols as groups of teenagers flout Covid-19 rules in Bishop's Stortford

Police are cracking down on youngsters flouting Covid-19 restrictions by congregating in Bishop's Stortford's open spaces.

In an alert issued on Friday (August 7), Hertfordshire Constabulary says there has been a large rise in reports of anti-social behaviour (ASB) as a result, particularly at Sworder's Field and the playing fields at Bishop's Stortford College.

PCSO Fallon Collins, from the Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: "We understand that many young people will be feeling frustrated having been in lockdown for several months, especially at this time of year. However, the threat of Covid-19 is, unfortunately, still very real and gatherings of more than six people from different households are not permitted at this time, to try to prevent further spread of the virus.

"While we would not wish to stop anyone from being outside and enjoying the great weather, we are urging people to please do so safely and responsibly, while also respecting others who are using outdoor spaces.

"We're asking parents to be aware of where their children are going and what they are getting up to. Please also remind them of the guidance around social distancing so they are not putting themselves or anyone else, particularly their loved ones, at risk.

"We have increased patrols in the affected areas and tackling ASB in Sworder's Field has been set as a neighbourhood priority."

A Community Voice engagement event will be held in Sworder's Field on Tuesday (August 11) between 3pm and 6pm to give people who use the park an opportunity to discuss issues or concerns they may have – or use bit.ly/herts-echo to have your say.

Report crime or anti-social behaviour online at herts.police.uk/report, speak to an operator in the force communications room via online webchat at herts.police.uk/contact or call the non-emergency number 101.

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