Inspector Steve Drayton

Your latest Blog from your local Inspector, Steve Drayton, who covers the Blackwood and Risca areas

Over the last month we have welcomed two new student officers to the team at Blackwoood and Risca, PC Jon Rose and PC Ryan Hagan. We also have two new Community Support Officers, CSO Paige Greenhalgh at Risca and CSO Tom Price at Blackwood. Please say hello to them as you see them out and about in our community. This is really positive for the team and a significant investment by the Force to have extra officers, especially with another 3 arriving next month.

The team have been working on the ‘Your Voice’ priorities that you identified. These vary across the section with Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) being the most popular as voted for by you in our local communities.

As a result, the team made two arrests last month in Cwmcarn for breaches of Anti-Social Injunctions and the offenders are in court this week. In addition, PC Powell and PC Wong have executed three misuse of drugs warrants across the section in Newbridge and Risca, in an effort to reduce the causes of ASB and other crimes.

Parking continues to be an issue in our towns and a cause of concern. Whilst the ownership will be handed over to the Local Authority later this year, we continue enforcement with over 100 tickets being issued on Blackwood Town alone this month. We do however have to balance what our staff deal with based on threat and other demands in the community. Please park safely and considerately when visiting our towns.

As a result of your calls and complaints, our Community Support Officers have also been involved in two joint operations with the DVLA where a number of vehicles have been seized for having no road tax.

You may have read in the media about damage caused to a fence and gate up at Twmbarlwm. This is believed to have been caused by the anti-social use of vehicles. Not only does this cause damage to the landscape, but poses a risk to farm animals and people who want to use the area for recreation. Later in February, PC Simon James and CSO Paul Salter will be organising extra patrols in the area, jointly with other partners such as Natural Resources Wales.

CSO Tariq Chaudhry has been busy organising first aid training in Blackwood Schools this term. This is a vital skill to give to our children and a great opportunity to work together with our schools.

I have also completed a piece of work from my previous role as Custody Inspector and created a partnership with The Samaritans to give support to detainees during and after their time in custody. You can read more about it here:

Finally, we continue to meet as a group for the After Dark initiative with Safer Caerphilly, Gwent Police Specials, Trading Standards, Local Councillors, Fire Serve and Welsh Ambulance ensuring you are safe when  you visit our towns at night:

 Plans are in place for the Six Nations rugby, which are always busy weekends for us. Please enjoy, but drink sensibly and stay safe.

For daily updates you can follow me on @gpinspsdrayton, and my teams on Twitter @gpblackwood @gpriscateam 

You can also email me any policing issues in your community [email protected]

Inspector Steve Drayton