Robbers prey on the vulnerable

PEOPLE with learning difficulties are being frogmarched to cashpoints and robbed, a meeting was told.

They also face being abused and followed home but are often too embarrassed to report the crimes.

A meeting of the Dacorum Community Safety Partnership was told action was being taken to raise awareness of the problem.

Co-ordinator Dave Moore said: “There are people with learning disabilities who have been taken to cashpoints and been forced to hand over money, who have been bullied and followed home.

“They are embarrassed about if they have been taken to a cash machine and had money taken off them or if they have been bullied. We can’t be tolerating it.”

Awareness-raising events are taking place at Church Square in Tring on June 16, Berkhamsted High Street on June 23 and Bank Court in Hemel Hempstead on June 30.

In a statement Dacorum Borough Council said: “The council is running an awareness campaign to make people aware of the problems that people with disabilities face and how they can be more likely to become victims of crime.

“We will be bringing disability hate crime to people’s attention, so that people are more aware, understand that it mustn’t be tolerated and make them more likely to report any incidents.”