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Special Operation at Hertford Railway Stations

Officers from the East Herts Safer Neighbourhood Teams, Operation Scorpion, the Dog Unit and British Transport Police, ran a special operation at Hertford’s Railway Stations on Tuesday November 27th.

The teams of officers were at the two stations (Hertford East and Hertford North) between 9.30am and 1.45pm, as part of their ongoing work to tackle the growing issue of people outside the area, travelling into the town to commit crime.

Weapons sweeps of the areas around both stations were carried out and one large kitchen knife was found at Hertford East.  Four people were stopped and searched and numerous people were dealt with for fare evasion.

Chief Inspector Stuart Orton said: “We know that people are using the rail network to access our towns for the purpose of committing crime, in particular drug crime, including County Lines dealing and supply.

“Throughout the operation my officers were engaging with the regular commuter population to provide reassurance and information about our ongoing work. We are planning more operations like this. We want to send a clear message to those that want to use our towns for criminal purposes - they are not welcome here and we will do all in our power to track them down.”

Sergeant Michael Clark who ran today’s operation added: “I would like to thank everyone who was using the stations during this time for their support and patience.”

If you have any information about drug crime or are concerned about anyone who may be connected to drug crime please contact us via the non-emergency number 101, or online at

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Keyless thefts of motor vehicles

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Theft from motor vehicles

Last Wednesday (25.07.18) between 4.00am and 5.30am a male has been seen to try car doors and a number of vehicles have been entered, in the Benington, Dane end areas, he was on a mountain bike and had a ruck sack on his back.

I am interested in anyone that might have caught him on cctv between these times.

Please make sure you lock and secure your car/van and do not leave items of value in your vehicle.

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Watch out for fake texts in relation to EE bills

Action Fraud have alerted us to fake text messages purporting to be from EE and claiming that you haven’t paid a bill. The link in the text message leads to a “phishing” website designed to steal your EE account login details and your personal & financial information.

Please don’t be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link or attachment in an unexpected email or text.

For more information on how to stay secure online, visit


Warning to residents about driveway company

Hertfordshire CC Trading Standards is warning residents not to deal with a company called Oakray Drives and Patios Limited using the address of 86 Bancroft Hitchin SG5 1NQ.

The company is NOT limited as claimed and does not have the right to use this address.  We know that they have been operating in the Welwyn Garden City area using leaflet drops but believe that they may have extended works into Hitchin and Stevenage.

Trading Standards advice is not to use any trader that cold calls at the door or who leaflet drops. Instead, use recommendations from family and friends. If you still have a problem finding a good trader, please use a Trading Standards checked trader through our Which? scheme. Go to or call Hertfordshire Trading Standards on 01707 292429

If you have dealt with this company and would like some further help or advice, please contact Trading Standards through the Citizen’s Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 040506



Fake celebrity endorsements for investment schemes

Fraudulent websites offering investment opportunities are dishonestly using the image of Martin Lewis, the founder of, as an endorsement for their business. Martin Lewis has published a warning to the public saying “I don’t do adverts. If you ever see one with my face or name on it, it is without my permission, and usually a scam”.

The adverts, found on social media and other websites, link to Martin Lewis’ image along with fake quotes recommending investments in bitcoin and other digital currencies with the fraudulent company.  Clicking on the advert may take you to a page requesting your contact details.  The suspect company will then phone you and encourage you to invest.

Similarly, fraudulent websites are trying to appear legitimate by misusing images and fabricating recommendations from the investors on “Dragons Den”.



Protect your money

Criminals exploit the names of well-known brands or individuals to make their scams appear legitimate.  Professional-looking websites or social media posts don’t indicate that an investment opportunity is genuine.

A genuine bank or financial organisation won’t force you to make a financial transaction on the spot. Be wary if you’re pressured to invest quickly or promised returns that sound too good to be true.

Avoid unsolicited investment offers, especially via cold callers. If you’re considering an investment, get impartial advice from an independent financial adviser. Visit to search the Financial Conduct Authority’s Financial Services Register for authorised providers.  Never use an adviser from a company that contacted you, as this may be part of a scam. 


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