Your latest Blog from your local Inspector, Aled George, who covers the Blackwood and Risca areas
At the end of April, I was appointed as the Geographical Inspector for the Blackwood & Risca areas and I would like to take this opportunity to briefly introduce myself.
I’m originally from a farming background in Mid Wales, I have lived locally for almost 15 years and previous to joining the police, have held a number of senior positions in retail banking and insurance companies.
During my time with Gwent Police I have served in front-line roles, responding to emergency calls, working from a number of locations including Pontypool, Cwmbran, Ystrad Mynach and now in both Blackwood and Risca stations. Most recently I served as a Duty Inspector, overseeing demand, incidents and detained offenders in custody.
I am excited to take up this new opportunity as the geographical inspector for the Blackwood and Risca areas and to work diligently in supporting and encouraging my teams in tackling the issues that are of concern to our local residents and visitors to the area.
My first few weeks in the role have been dominated by meetings, internally and externally, to help me better understand the problems within our communities but more importantly the excellent work that is already ongoing to tackle these problems. I have also had the opportunity to get out and respond to emergency calls in the area and to meet with councillors and local groups.
Last month, Caerphilly Council took on primary responsibility and enforcement powers to deal with civil parking issues. You can request enforcement at a particular location or report an illegally parked vehicle online using the web page below: https://www.caerphilly.gov.uk/Services/Transport-and-parking/Civil-Parking-Enforcement-(CPE).aspx
We continue to work with South Wales Fires and Rescue Service and with schools and young people to educate on the risks of setting deliberate grass fires to people, property, wildlife and the environment. Officers also join colleagues from the Fire Service in undertaking regular visibility patrols as a deterrence. Please be vigilant when out and about and report any suspicious activity by calling 101, particularly as it starts to get hotter and drier this summer.
Off Road Bikes
Targeted patrols of key locations take place throughout the area to tackle issues related to off-road bikes being driven in inappropriate locations and in an anti-social manner. This month, the team have issued multiple warning notices and seized bikes from offenders.
This is an issue experienced in many areas of Gwent and I am working with colleagues across the Force to tackle this issue. One key way that you can help is by passing on information on where these bikes are being stored and who is using them. Please call 101 or send a direct message to our Gwent Police Facebook or Twitter social media pages.
If you don’t want to report information directly to us, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
Officers have carried out two recent drugs warrants and a number of individuals have been recalled to prison for breaching their licence conditions. Key to this work is information from our communities so if you notice anything concerning or unusual in your local area, please contact us.
Another issue that has affected several areas, including Cefn Fforest, Blackwood Bus Station and Waunfawr Park/Crosskeys are reports of youth disorder and poor behaviour. Patrols continue to take place in these areas, in collaboration with Community Safety Wardens, to ensure they are enjoyable places for the whole community to take advantage of and is not marred by the inappropriate behaviour of a few. With the lighter, warmer nights upon us, I know that people will be congregating for longer into the evening and I’d like to ask for everyone to behave considerately.
A plea to all parents and carers in the area; make sure you know where your child is and that they are behaving themselves amongst their peers. A number of children are already being put into the youth offending process. Anti-Social and criminal behaviour will not be tolerated in our parks and town centres and people can be expected to be dealt with under the criminal justice process if they are found to be committing offences.