Police step up patrols

A11 Week 45'MCBH'DP'Tributes and flowers left at scene of murder at Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead
A11 Week 45'MCBH'DP'Tributes and flowers left at scene of murder at Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead

POLICE will be stepping up patrols to put people’s minds at rest following the murder of a 21-year-old man that has shocked the town.

Because of the violent nature of the killing of Billy Dove in Hemel Hempstead town centre on Saturday night and the way it has affected people, officers will be more visible in the area up until this Sunday.

Police spokesman Olivia Finucane said: “We have increased patrols in the town centre and in the areas where the families of the victim and accused live to make sure there is no tension.”

Hertfordshire Police will not disclose the specific areas that will be patrolled and the number of officers that will be on the streets.

Two 17-year-old boys from Hemel Hempstead have been charged with murder after Billy was stabbed on Marlowes at 1.30am on Sunday.

The teenagers cannot be named for legal reasons and have both appeared before Hatfield Remand Court.

People have expressed their anger at what has happened on social networking sites Facebook and Twitter as well as The Gazette’s website hemeltoday, where some users have attempted to expose the identities of the accused.

Meanwhile the area where Billy was killed near Market Square has become a shrine where people have been paying their respects, laying tributes and holding candlelit vigils.

Chief Insp Mike Pryce said: “In Dacorum we have a strong track record of working with our partner agencies, schools and youth groups educating them about the dangers of knife crime and we will continue to work with the relevant parties to continue to educate the people of Dacorum about the dangers of carrying offensive weapons.

“We are also increasing high visibility patrols in Hemel Hempstead town centre to reassure members of the public.”

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