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Keeping Blaenau Gwent's streets safe this Christmas

Published: Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Partygoers are being reminded 'don't have a nightmare this Christmas', as officers begin preparations to help keep Blaenau Gwent Borough residents safe this Christmas. 
Gwent Police Officers will team up with Blaenau Gwent Council, as well as St John's Ambulance and Street Pastors to help ensure revellers out and about in Blaenau Gwent Borough's town centres this Christmas have a safe and enjoyable time. 
Police Officers and Specials are increasing their patrols over the festive period, and will be reminding revellers visiting local pubs and clubs of the consequences of being caught acting anti-socially or taking part in criminal activity. 
St. John's Ambulance will also be assisting on some of the busiest nights, by operating a mobile triage service on  the 21st December, 24th December, 26th December and 31st December.
This is the fourth year that the medical centre has been run in the borough to provide emergency treatment to local revellers, so that Accident and Emergency departments at hospitals receive fewer people at their busiest times.

If you're hitting the shops this Christmas or out on the town in Blaenau Gwent then look out for our officers who will be patrolling the streets to tackle retail crime, as well as issue advice on theft of personal belongings, burglary, personal safety and alcohol related violence. Our new Blaenau Gwent cadets will also be helping local officers offering crime prevention tips and messages to local residents and shoppers. 
Street Safe will be operating on some of December's busiest nights - this will involve an increased Police visibility to deal with issues relating to the night time economy. 
This year, the Blaenau Gwent Street pastors will be out in force, they will be present in the town centre, carrying out a pastoral roles over the festive period, which will include helping to prevent people from becoming victims of crime and promoting personal and community safety. 
Blaenau Gwent Partnership Sergeant, Owen Jones says: "Over recent years the Triage Operation has been successful in reducing the burden on healthcare professionals and Police Officers, by dealing with minor injuries locally.

"This year, the Triage Operation is funded by Aneurin Bevan Health Board and will be based at the Minor Injuries Unit at Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan, Ebbw Vale. Gwent Police will also be working in partnership with, the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust, St John's Ambulance and Street Pastors in helping to make this Christmas and New Year a safe and enjoyable one."

Executive Member for Environment and Community Safety, Cllr Keith Hayden said: "We are working hard to keep local people safe and well this winter and the whole year around. We promote fair and safe communities in Blaenau Gwent. Please do take care of yourselves while out and about in the area."

A dedicated website - www.donthaveanightmare.org.uk - has also been launched as part of the Don't Have a Nightmare This Christmas initiative, with plenty of top crime prevention tips for the holiday period.