Vandals trash 20 street signs

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News release: 07 February 2018

Vandals have destroyed around 20 street name plates in Harpenden which will cost more than £2,000 to replace.

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Now residents are being asked to help police trace the people responsible for the crimes which have taken place over the last ten days.

Plates at roads in the Townsend Lane, Tuffnells Way and Roundwood Lane areas have all been targeted.

The vandals snapped the wooden-backing panels in half before bending the metal name frame out of shape and discarding the debris nearby.

Anyone who has witnessed the incidents or has any relevant information should contact Hertfordshire Constabulary on 101.

The name plates are provided by St Albans City and District Council which has been left with the hefty repair bill.

Councillor Beric Read, Portfolio Holder for Business and the Community, said: “We want to catch the people responsible for this spate of criminal damage and put an end to it.

“This is a senseless and anti-social crime that costs Council taxpayers money and is of great annoyance to the residents of the affected areas. I urge people to help the police with their inquiries.”

St Albans Chief Inspector Shane O’Neill of Hertfordshire Constabulary said: “We are investigating criminal damage to a number of street name signs in Harpenden. 

“If anyone has any information about who may be responsible or has any footage of the people carrying out the criminal damage, we would like to hear from you.  

“This type of anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated. Together, we can help make Harpenden a safer place to live.”

Councillor contact:
Councillor Beric Read, Portfolio Holder for Business and the Community for St Albans City and District Council.
Tel: 07956 220264. Email:

Media contact:
John McJannet, Principal Communications Officer, St Albans City and District Council. Tel: 01727-296130