Arrests in Hertfordshire after national unrest

POLICE have arrested 45 people in Hertfordshire in connection with the recent looting and rioting across the country.

An increased police presence in St Albans saw five arrests made locally on Tuesday night although they were not directly linked to the national disorder.

Four people, two 17 year olds, a 15 year old and an 18 year old were arrested after a man was attacked outside the Slug and Lettuce pub in the city. The victim had been in the beer garden when something was thrown over the wall and hit him.

He went outside to investigate and was attacked by the group and suffered head injuries. Police arrived shortly after and found the attackers within the area. The four, all from St Albans, have been released on bail.

A fifth man was arrested on the same evening after being caught in the act of carrying a stolen bike from Abbey Mill House in St Albans.

Of the 45 people arrested in the county, 14 have been charged and two men have already been prosecuted. Police are continuing to work to identify and arrest others from the Hertfordshire area involved in the unrest.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Williams said: “Our message to the criminals is this – just because you haven’t been arrested yet, don’t think you have evaded the law. Over the coming days, weeks and months we will be working to ensure you are caught and brought to justice, so I would encourage you to hand yourself in.”

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