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Two arrested as police van's windscreen is smashed amid late-night disorder in Bishop's Stortford town centre

Two people were arrested after the windscreen of a police van was smashed during a large public order incident in Bishop’s Stortford town centre.

Part of a rowdy crowd of 20 targeted officers sitting in their vehicles outside the Horn at the Half Moon pub in North Street last Friday night (April 30) after being called to attend the scene. The group had reportedly been trying to access pubs in the area, but were turned away due to them being at full capacity.

PC Derek Lewin, of the Bishop’s Stortford police Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Glass bottles were being thrown in the direction of a police car, and when another unit arrived, a police van, one offender then threw approximately four glass bottles of alcohol at the van, smashing the windscreen.

“The disorder started outside the Half Moon and additional units were called in to assist. There was quite a large group of people outside in that area of North Street.”

An incident was initially reported at around 10.30pm and a Section 35 dispersal order was put in place, directing people to leave the area. No officers were injured and they remained at the scene until the group left without further incident.

A 17-year-old boy from Harlow was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage. He has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

A 21-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of a public order offence and breach of a section 35 dispersal order. He was released with no further action.

A spokeswoman for Hertfordshire Constabulary added: "The two people arrested has been asked to leave the Half Moon, but refused to do so, so officers had to get involved. When they left, they joined the crowd outside."

It was not the only public order offence in the town centre at the weekend. Police were called out on Sunday night (May 2) to assist in removing two people from the Black Lion pub in Bridge Street at around 10.15pm.

Said PC Lewin: “The disorder on Sunday was more low-level, with two persons refusing to leave the Black Lion.”

* Tools worth around £3,320 were stolen from a Ford Transit van in the Causeway car park on Tuesday (May 4) between 10am and 1.45pm. The driver returned to the vehicle to discover a hole had been made in the back door and the tools were missing.

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