Vandal convicted after attack on new-look town centre

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A person has been convicted of vandalising Bank Court in Hemel Hempstead in November – just after the regeneration of the area was completed.

The defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty at St Albans Magistrates Court on February 24 to causing criminal damage, as well as to thefts from shops, and was sentenced to 40 hours of compulsory unpaid community work.

Evidence was supplied by the council’s CCTV operators, who had filmed her ripping out plants and throwing them against the buildings.

Dacorum Borough Council had only just completed improvements to Bank Court as part of the Hemel Evolution programme, finishing off new granite paving with an attractive circle of planters.

Councillor Graham Sutton, the council’s portfolio holder for planning and regeneration, said, “We’ve invested heavily in Hemel Hempstead town centre’s regeneration, transforming it into an attractive place to shop and socialise.

“The council will not tolerate individuals spoiling it for others and treating it with disrespect. We should all be proud of our town.”