Inspector Amanda Thomas
Your latest Blog from your local Inspector, Amanda Thomas, who covers the Abertillery, Brynmawr, Ebbw Vale and Tredegar area
I hope you are all still enjoying this fantastic weather; it certainly makes a change to the usual school half term rainfall.
Unfortunately the unprecedented heatwave has had a major impact on our beautiful mountainside. Fires have destroyed trees, shrubs and flowers and have killed and displaced its wildlife. Whilst some of these fires have been wild fires, unfortunately some are deliberate, caused by a mindless few. We will continue to investigate these to ensure the people responsible are brought to justice .
If anyone can assist the Police and Fire Service in identifying some of these individuals it will be greatly appreciated by all. We have been conducting joint patrols with the Fire Service at those locations that have been affected.
I have received some really lovely emails this month, not only from members of the public, but also from colleagues regarding the actions of members of my response teams. I appreciate these comments as it truly echoes the work that is going on in your communities, in particular domestic abuse incidents, drug dealing and recently the tragic fatal road traffic collision on Blaenavon Road.
The Anti-Social Behaviour incidents continue to reduce in Blaenau-Gwent, together with crimes such as Dwelling Burglary and Theft from Vehicle. However, we have seen an increase in crime relating to Violence. Domestic Violence remains a priority for us here in Blaenau-Gwent, please be assured that offenders will be dealt with robustly and effectively. One individual has just been given a six year custodial sentence for assaulting his partner, a great result!
The Neighbourhood Enforcement team are also producing some great results – this month alone has seen:
Five people arrested for no bail warrants/breach of court orders, two drugs warrants executed and arrest made for Possession with Intent to Supply Class A Drugs.
Arrests for Dangerous Driving/Theft, Drink Driving. A great result was for the recent arrest of a male who had committed a number of drive off offences. He has received a 4 month custodial sentence. They are now currently tasked to stop/search individuals who may be carrying/supplying Class A Drugs.
Our Neighbourhood Teams have also been busy with engagement events:
Abertillery: Joint Police and Fire Open Day, Charity Walk with the Fire Service, Summer Fete at Queen Street School and Brynithel Music Festival.
Brynmawr: Summer Fete at Blaen–y–Cwm School, Road Safety Event with Fire service where 23 motorists caught with no seat belts attended awareness sessions.
Tredegar: Summer Fete at Bryn Bach School and Deighton Primary School, Bryn Bach Park Stroke Association Walk, Joint Operation with Tai Calon tackling Anti Social Behaviour in St George’s Court.
Ebbw Vale: Cwm Horse Show, Cwm Infant School Fete, Ebbw Vale Leisure Centre engagement with Aim Sport UK
Bevan Day on 1st July in Tredegar was a success and the visit of HRH Prince Charles at Ebbw Vale was greatly received.
The Neighbourhood Teams have been dealing with Your Voice Priorities and vehicles that are causing obstructions and illegal parking. For those motorists that continue to park on the Circle by Tredegar clock, please note that my team have been tasked to issue tickets if you are parked illegally there. There has been enough warning given.
Test purchases have been conducted at premises that sell counterfeit goods and we will continue to work with our partner agencies to deal with this issue.
Officers have found empty canisters of Nitrous Oxide at Ashvale Industrial Estate, inhaling this gas could potentially be fatal; also a large amount of alcohol was seized from children at Bedwelty Pit. I urge parents to highlight the danger to their children regarding these canisters and be aware of what your children are doing in the evening.
We have also delivered some awareness sessions to year 10 pupils across Blaenau Gwent regarding the dangers of Sexting and Safeguarding.
As you have read, some great work has been conducted by all my teams. Many are looking forward to their annual summer break including myself.
Enjoy the next few weeks and hopefully more sunshine. Please continue to support us; I have seen an increase in information and intelligence flow from members of the community which is great. By working together we will produce great results.
If you have any information in relation to any crime, please contact us on 101 or speak to your local Community Support Officer. You can also ring Crimestoppers anonymously 0800 555 111.