Inspector Amanda Thomas
Your latest Blog from your local Inspector, Amanda Thomas, who covers the Abertillery, Brynmawr, Ebbw Vale and Tredegar area
Since my last blog it has been a very busy time here in Blaenau Gwent. I am thoroughly enjoying my new role and have settled in well. I am so impressed by the working ethos and dedication of my officers, community support officers and staff ensuring that our communities are kept safe.
I have met with MP Nick Smith, local councillors, attended council meetings, community groups, met victims of crime and anti –social behaviour and worked closely with volunteers within the community. There are some great people in our communities volunteering their services and free time in order to help others and their commitment is endearing to witness.
I have listened and responded to your concerns and emails in relation to matters that affect your daily life such as parking matters and reports of anti-social behaviour. These matters are discussed with my neighbourhood teams on a regular basis and we’re working to tackle these issues.
Over the last two months a number of vehicle related operations in conjunction with the DVLA have been conducted– the Abertillery Ward alone saw 16 vehicles clamped and 5 fixed penalty tickets issued. We have also worked closely with our Area Support Unit in addressing issues of anti-social behaviour of drivers and the use of their vehicles. Over the next six weeks, events are planned with other Emergency Services that include a Road Safety Day and a mock incident scenario.
Our off road vehicle operation continues and we have seen a significant reduction in calls relating to this disorder.
My teams work closely with Specialist and CID teams in order to ensure that we proactively target known offenders in our communities that are committing crime. This has resulted in a number of positive arrests for suspects committing Burglaries and Violence offences.
I am also committed to dealing with those individuals that cause misery to members of our community in relation to their drug activities. You will have noticed some significant police activity in the Tredegar and Ebbw Vale areas within the last week. At least 60 officers including myself were involved with this operation. A number of warrants were executed at addresses under the Misuse of Drugs Act with positive outcomes. Three arrests were made, four vehicles recovered and quantity of Class A drugs seized. One of the suspects is due to be sentenced at Crown Court and two remain on bail under investigation.
We have also executed a number of warrants under the Misuse of Drugs Act in the Swffryd area over the last month. This police activity will continue so I ask for your support and assistance in relation to this.
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 Crime stoppers anonymously 0800 555 111.