Following a meeting with Hertfordshire Police and senior Hertsmere Borough Council officers in relation to a serious violent incident in the grounds of the Potters Bar’s Furzefield Centre, Inspector Bilsdon has assured Cllrs Myers & Gray that Police believe this to have been an isolated incident which is not connected to a previous one. Police presence has currently been increased in the area and there are further measures at the Police’s disposal if needed.
Said Cllr Chris Myers: “Hertsmere CCTV was discussed at length and an increase in provision is something that we are going to be campaigning for in the coming months. However, there are other CCTV initiatives that involve local businesses that could also be beneficial. Specifically, we will be calling upon InspireAll to utilise some of the loans and grants they have recently received from the Council to repair and bolster CCTV provision at and around the Furzefield Centre.
“The Police have asked that if anyone in the community hears of anything locally, to make sure it is reported. Continued Cllr Christian Gray: “If you don’t feel you can report it directly to the Police for any reason, then come to us. The Police will happily take confidential third party reports via us as your ward councillors.
“The councillors had also requested an urgent meeting with Cllr Pervez Choudhury, the portfolio holder responsible for community safety. “But,” added Cllr Myers, “we are deeply disappointed he hasn’t agreed as we should all be working together to make our streets safer.”