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SAFER WATFORD: Police and Watford Borough council carry out investigation at Bushey station

 Published on: 21st October 2021   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Police and Watford Borough council carried out a joint investigation into alleged environmental breaches and anti-social activity by Bushey station car business.

On Monday October 18, Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor and Oxhey ward councillor Karen Clarke Taylor joined officers from the British Transport Police (BTP) and Hertfordshire Constabulary to conduct a search on a premise at Bushey station.

The business had for some weeks been a source of numerous complaints by residents in relation to its negative impact on the community and the amity of the area.

Environmental health officers from the Environment Agency and the BTP conducted a number of searches at the premises with vehicles found on site.

Local safer neighbourhood team officers were out in the nearby streets to support the operation through engagement with residents and businesses.

Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor said: “I am pleased to see this robust response by the police after residents raised concerns with me and local councillors about the alleged environmental and anti-social impacts by the car business here.

“We will also be investigating the possibility of further CCTV with British Transport Police in response to other concerns in the surrounding area.”

Oxhey Councillor, Karen Clarke-Taylor added: “This has been a real cause of concern for residents and so I’m really pleased that we have worked together to take this action. I will continue to work closely with the police so that this area is safe for everyone.”

Leading the operation is Sergeant Duncombe of the British Transport Police who said: “We are listening to the public and working with local councillors to address ongoing concerns around some businesses in this area not acting lawfully and having negative impacts on the local community.

“We will continue to work with the council and the Hertfordshire Constabulary to turn this around.”

Vehicles found around the scene have now been seized and investigations are ongoing as to the ownership of the cars on the site. 

Residents and visitors who experience or witness criminal activity in or around the station are advised to report it to the station staff and contact the police immediately.

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