A 16-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with an assault that took place in Hemel Hempstead on Friday, March 3.
Police were called shortly before 2pm following an altercation involving a group of males in Gadebridge Park.
During the incident, a 19-year-old man sustained a head injury. He was taken to hospital and is now continuing to recover from his injuries at home.
There was speculation on social media that the man had passed away, but police have confirmed that this isn’t the case, and that they are still working to establish how the injuries were caused at this time.
An investigation was launched and a 16-year-old boy from Hemel Hempstead was arrested during the early hours of Saturday, March 4, on suspicion of assault, grievous bodily harm, and violent disorder. He has been released on bail while enquiries continue.
Detective Sergeant Paul Burton, from the Dacorum Local Crime Unit, said: “I know this incident has understandably caused a great deal of concern among the local community and I would like to reassure people we are doing all we can to investigate. It is believed that those involved are known to each other.
“As an arrest has been made, it is imperative that the case is allowed to proceed unimpeded, and we would ask people to please refrain from commenting or speculating on social media.
“We’re also still appealing for any witnesses to come forward. If you have information which may assist our ongoing enquiries, please get in touch. Thank you.”
Anyone with information is asked to please email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also report information online at herts.police.uk/report, speak to an operator in the Force Communications Room via the online web chat at herts.police.uk/contact or call the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference 41/18053/23.
Alternatively, you can stay 100 per cent anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their untraceable online form at crimestoppers-uk.org