Police operation targets Harpenden Station
POLICE will be at Harpenden railway station tomorrow (Thursday) targeting criminals coming from Luton and London as part of an operation to improve community safety. It follows a similarly high-visibility police presence in St Albans last month in partn
POLICE will be at Harpenden railway station tomorrow (Thursday) targeting criminals coming from Luton and London as part of an operation to improve community safety.
It follows a similarly high-visibility police presence in St Albans last month in partnership with British Transport Police (BTP) which resulted in four arrests - one for drink driving, one for assault and two for possession of cannabis.
There were also 12 cannabis warnings, two vehicle seizures and 179 stop searches.
Said Intervention Inspector Nick Caveney: "Although commuters are only really aware of the high-visibility police presence days, we have plain-clothed police officers at the mainline train stations at other times.
"We have gathered intelligence and hopefully deterred would-be criminals from coming into St Albans and Harpenden as well as making some arrests."
Knife wands, which are hand-held metal detectors, passive drugs dogs and the mobile police station will be in Harpenden with various police teams including neighbourhood officers and covert officers who have been working with BTP.
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- 2 Woman in her 70s victim of St Albans 'distraction theft'
- 3 Harpenden residents hit back at Green Belt homes bid
- 4 Trains between St Albans and Luton cancelled due to fire
- 5 Day of fundraising for No Floor No More campaign
- 6 Man threatened officers with 'bomb' at police station
- 7 Village prepares for return of Scarecrow Festival after three years
- 8 Dog owner avoids jail after hitting pet so hard that wooden pole snaps
- 9 Local NHS111 service provider to handle minor injuries at St Albans City Hospital
- 10 St Albans Post Office branch re-opening after three years
The operation, which started on February 14, was put together following an increase in street robberies - 15 between October 1, 2008, and December 31, 2008, representing a 67 per cent increase over the previous year.