A man has suffered life changing injuries to his hand, police have confirmed.
Hertfordshire Constabulary were called at 8.30pm on Sunday, February 10, to reports that a man in Long Elms, had sustained life-changing injuries to his hand.
Following a pursuit with officers, two suspects were arrested.
Police have confirmed that the offenders were on a moped reportedly armed with a machete. The victim’s hand was seriously cut.
Unconfirmed reports to My Local News have told us that the victim’s hand was severed completely. We await confirmation from the police.
The victim was taken to hospital for surgery.
Che Ambe, 21 of Caractacus Cottage View, Watford, has been charged with GBH. He appeared at Hatfield Magistrates’ Court yesterday, February 12 and was remanded in custody until Monday, March 18.
A 17-year-old boy from Watford, who cannot be named for legal reasons has also been arrested on suspicion of GBH. He has been released without charge.
Police are not seeking anyone else in connection with the incident at this time.
Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) have since responded to the recent spike in incidents involving knives.
The local strategic partnership has been prioritising the development of its serious violence and exploitation strategy and action plan for the past last six months.
Councillor Roger Seabourne, lead member for community safety at TRDC, said: “It is essential that the Local Strategic Partnership continues this focus on violence across all of our key partnerships if we are to safeguard our local communities and ensure that we are a ‘No Violence Herts’.
“Three Rivers District Council has increased its spending on crime and disorder to respond to the increased threat of drug-related crime and disorder across the district and is considering further additional funding as part of the budget setting process on February 26. We will continue to prioritise work in our partnership to address violence and criminal exploitation associated with drug dealing.”
Cllr Sara Bedford, leader of Three Rivers District Council, added: “Our thoughts at the moment are with the victim of this violent crime and their family.”