Police in Shenley are appealing for witnesses and information after a special dedication bench was burnt in the Harris Lane playing fields in the early hours of Saturday, July 8.
It is believed that the bench was deliberately set on fire.
Safer Neighbourhood Inspector Pete Edwards said: “We have seen an increase in anti-social behaviour recently and I want to reassure residents that we are taking their concerns seriously. Shenley is traditionally an area of low crime, so I understand that when this kind of thing happens it can be distressing and worrying for local residents.
“We have increased patrols around the area and my team will shortly have more resources in the form of two new police officers in the Safer Neighbourhood Team. These officers will cover all of the Potters Bar areas.
“We are currently pursuing several lines of inquiry, however, I would appeal to anyone who has any information that could help our investigation to get in touch.”
Anyone with any Information is asked to call 101 quoting Crime reference number J1/17/2895. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or submit information through their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.
“I would also like to remind people about the dangers of playing with fire,” added Inspector Edwards. “In this dry hot weather fire can spread very quickly and easily get out of control. We will deal with anyone caught starting fires for fun or to deliberately cause damage, robustly. If you witness anyone behaving irresponsibly with or around fires, please contact the emergency services immediately.”
Text copied from Police Press Release on 13 July 2017: 0581 MD (J) Bench Fire Appeal