Inspector Andy O'Keefe

Your latest Blog from your local Inspector, Andy O'Keefe, who covers the Bargoed, Rhymney and Ystrad Mynach areas

Welcome to my latest Blog which has lots of updates about the work the teams have been carrying out these past months to tackle the issues affecting the community.

Ystrad Mynach: The team have been working to tackle anti-social behaviour and related issues. CSO Price was flagged down by a train conductor at Pengam Train Station after 3 underage youths boarded the train with alcohol. The alcohol was seized and letters sent home to their parents.

Patrols continue to take place in the Ystrad Ward, but as I have stated before enforcement alone will not address these issues. I went to a meeting on 17th July with representatives from Cardiff City Football Club “Kicks Program”, Positive Futures, Tesco and the Local Authority to look at positive diversionary activity for young people. There will be a variety of activities offered to children, but we are in the early stages of arranging this. I’ll keep you updated.

Maesycwmmer: From information given to our Licensing department around under age youths drinking at a local Public House, an underage sales operation was run in partnership with officers, Police cadets and Trading Standards. It resulted in a prosecution and the Landlord appeared in court and was given a fine and conditions were added to their licence.

Nelson: We’ve been working to tackle the illegal supply of drugs. This month, 15 drugs warrants were carried out as part of Operation Jigsaw which is an operation to tackle the most serious and organised crime in Gwent. The warrants took place across Caerphilly & Blaenau Gwent areas. A man from Nelson was arrested and charged with a drug offence.

Officers also dealt with an incident involving a man falling off his off road motorbike and injuring himself in Nelson Village. Following investigations, the man was reported for driving offences and his bike was seized for having no insurance. Another man had his off road bike seized for riding with no insurance and was arrested for this offence along with drink driving.

New Tredegar: Chief Superintendent Warrender, myself and members of my team, had the pleasure of attending a special assembly at Phillipstown school to recognise the outstanding work of the Mini Police in both Phillipstown and Fochriw. The young people work so hard and are a credit to their families and communities.

Moriah: This month we had reports of a large gathering of youths in the Abertysswg area, particularly around the farmer’s field and the rugby pitch. Alcohol was seized and a number of Section 35 dispersal notices were issued to young people in the area , meaning they could not return to the area or they would face arrest.

Pontlottyn: Simultaneous warrants were conducted at the beginning of the month under the Misuse of Drugs Act. Investigations are still ongoing and more information will be given in due course. I’d like to thank the community for their support in tackling the illegal supply and use of drugs.

Bargoed Wards: As with their colleagues in Ystrad and Rhymney, the Bargoed team have been busy these last few months.

I would like to thank Morrison’s for their support and action taken to address anti-social behaviour issues around the store. Officers have been patrolling the car park and surrounding area regularly and by working in partnership with Morrison’s security, who have consistently closed the barriers and locked the access doors to the lower car park, the issues surrounding youth disorder have improved.

Neighbourhood Officers were called to Bargoed Park in response to the anti-social behaviour issues taking place in the Grandstand area.  A meeting was held with members of the Rugby Club and the Council to provide extra security measures to prevent this type of activity.  Several actions were agreed including the planning for a new gate to prevent vehicles travelling so far up into the park at night.  Again, I’ll keep you updated of any information that is agreed.

Officers have also been concentrating their efforts on untaxed and uninsured vehicles. The neighbourhood team conducted a joint operation recently with the DVLA across the Bargoed Ward and 11 vehicles were successfully clamped. A man was also caught in the act of taking the clamp off his vehicle and now has to pay a hefty fine for his efforts!                              

Two successful drugs warrants were conducted at addresses in Fleur De Lis and Aberbargoed.  A large amount of cannabis was seized at both properties and the occupants arrested. 

As you have heard from my update, across all 3 Ward areas we have been taking positive action with regards to the supply of illegal drugs within our communities. We are all too aware of the tragic consequences of illegal drugs and we are working hard to tackle those who target the most vulnerable in our society. We have been receiving a lot of information from the communities over the summer months and the warrants we have carried out are as a result of this information so I’d like to thank you for your support.  You see the things which take place in your local areas that we’re not always aware of so please continue to let us know if you’re aware of anything suspicious or illegal.   


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Inspector Andy O'Keefe