Inspector Andy O'Keefe

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

Well, it’s 2019 and the start of another year. My team and I have started off as we mean to go on and that is with a proactive and positive approach to the issues affecting our community. 

As you may have seen reported, there were 12 burglaries over the month in the Rhymney area where valuables including jewellery, cash, iPhones, car keys and cars were taken. This type of crime is particularly upsetting to both the victims and the community as a whole as we all want to feel safe in our homes.

Local Officers, supported by our colleagues in CID and Forensics, have worked diligently and, as a result, on Thursday 3rd January, a 16 year old boy from the area was arrested on suspicion of seven dwelling burglaries. He has now been bailed for Police to continue the investigation and has conditions to remain indoors between 7pm – 7am and not to enter Rhymney. Officers are continuing to investigate the burglaries and urging residents to always report any suspicious activity to the police. Anyone with any information to assist are asked to call 101 or direct message us on Facebook or Twitter quoting log number 250 31/12/18 or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Another issue that residents raise is that of the supply and use of illegal drugs in our communities. All of the Neighborhood Teams in Caerphilly North have been executing warrants over the last few months but I will mention one in particular. As a result of community intelligence, on Thursday 3rd January, I, along with local and Specialist Officers from across the force, took part in early morning raids in the Rhymney area. The operation resulted in 3 people arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs with intent to supply – they have currently been released under investigation. A quantity of  what is thought to be class A drugs, cash and suspected stolen property were also seized, the drugs will be sent away for forensic examination and identification – this is believed to be the proceeds of criminal activity and serious organised crime.

The techniques used by our specially trained Method of Entry Officers have attracted a lot of positive comment online and it is fair to say the majority support the strong and positive approach we have taken; and will continue to take - and no we didn’t get the wrong door!

As the Police, unfortunately we have to deal with many situations and some individuals that are unpleasant and so it is always nice to have the opportunity to engage with members of our community who are keen and looking to make a positive difference. I am referring to our Mini Police in both Fochriw and Phillipstown. They have been doing a fantastic job and they are a credit to their families and communities. They are a shining example of the fact that not all young people cause ASB, in fact young people can make a positive contribution to our community as a whole.

You can follow their work on Twitter @PFPSHeddluBach 

Thank you for taking the time to read this month’s blog - I will be back next month.

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Inspector Andy O'Keefe