Man charged following aggravated burglary

Man charged following aggravated burglary

Hertfordshire Constabulary have charged a man with aggravated burglary and criminal damage following an incident in Welwyn Garden City.

On Tuesday 19th May, a man attended Boyd House in Ley Walk and damaged a flat window.

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The 27-year-old man then allegedly demanded entry a neighbouring flat, whilst holding a knife

After entering the flat, the man is reported to have pushed a woman to the floor and repeatedly kicked her.

The woman was taken to hospital for her injuries.

Another man who intervened got caught in a scuffle and sustained alleged stab wounds.

Following joint investigative work with Essex Police, on Wednesday 3rd June, Essex officers located and arrested a suspect in the High Street in Southend.

Steven Ridgwell, age 27, of Glen Mews, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, has been charged with aggravated burglary and criminal damage in connection to the incident.

The man remains in  custody and will appear at St Albans Crown Court on Monday 6th July for a plea and trial preparation hearing.

Detective Sergeant Grant Bennett, from the Welwyn Hatfield Local Crime Unit, said:

“This was an unsettling incident and those involved are believed to be known to one another. We are not seeking anyone else in connection with the incident. My team of detectives have worked tirelessly on this case, alongside our colleagues at Essex Police, and I hope local residents feel reassured by this result.”

Chief Inspector Ian Hughes, District Commander for Southend said:

“By working with the Hertfordshire Constabulary, we have been able to make sure we are helping to keep the streets of both Essex and our neighbours safe.

“The operation was a joint effort and we are pleased we could help our colleagues.”

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