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ARRESTS MADE: Two charged as vehicle crime spreads across town

 Published on: 25th November 2021   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Two men have been charged and another arrested by police in relation to a series of vehicle-related crimes across various neighbourhoods in Hemel Hempstead.

Reports of incidents have been made across town, with cars in Highfield, Leverstock Green, Woodhall Farm and Adeyfield all being targeted.

Police have announced that Daryl Walsh, age 29, from Hemel Hempstead, has been charged with two counts of vehicle related interference, while Daniel Butler, 32, of no fixed address, has been charged with three counts of the same charge. Mr Butler has been remanded in custody ahead of his scheduled court dates.

A third man was also arrested on Tuesday, November 23, with the currently unidentified 29-year-old individual being detained in connection with three offences in Woodhall Farm and Adeyfield.

Investigations by the Dacorum Local Crime Unit (DLCU) of further reports of vehicles in Woodhall Farm being targeted are still ongoing.

As a result of the recent spate of reports, high-visibility and covert police patrols in the affected areas have been increased and crime figures have been analysed.

Detective Inspector Jinesh Solankee, who leads the LCU, said: “Our team is currently focusing on this recent spate of vehicle crime and I want to reassure the community that we have detectives allocated to all the reports we have received to date.

“We are working towards making additional arrests however we believe there may be more incidents which have not yet been reported to us.

“We’re aware this issue has been the subject of discussion on local social media sites, with some footage of potential incidents being shared online.

“We are appealing directly to those who are in possession of footage, and have not yet shared it with police, to send it to us as soon as possible as it could greatly assist our investigation.

“We would also advise residents to be vigilant and ensure they are locking their vehicles after removing valuables.

“Sadly, we have confirmed that many of the cars and vans which have been targeted have been left insecure. Please report any suspicious activity to us on 999. If you believe a crime is in progress, we want to hear from you.”

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