Inspector Jason White
Your latest Blog from your local Inspector, Jason White, who covers the Cwmbran and Pontypool area.
Welcome to my latest blog that captures news and activity for October.
I can’t talk about the month of October without having to mention Halloween, one of the busiest periods of the year for the police in terms of crime and anti-social behaviour. Through co-ordinated patrols with the South Wales Fire Service, a number of bonfires were identified and dismantled.
Operation Arcade, a shoplifting initiative on Cwmbran Town Centre that started at the beginning of the month has already yielded some promising results. There has been a 30% reduction in shoplifting offences when compared to the same period last year with dedicated police resources working in partnership with town centre management staff.
On the shoplifting front, there were some notable arrests including two men who were responsible for stealing items valued in its thousands across the section. The one man received a suspended sentence and the other received a custodial prison sentence.
To address concerns over speeding vehicles, CSO Matt Cameron invited local councillors to attend and engage in numerous speed checks in a number of areas within the Llantarnam Ward. Matt, along with his CSO colleagues, also continue to deliver first aid training to Year 6 pupils throughout primary schools across Torfaen.
I have been massively impressed with my officers outlook to proactive policing in the section with a real focus on drug supply, an issue that blights communities and effects quality of life.
Drug warrants continue to be undertaken in the Two Locks, Fairwater and Pontnewydd wards, all of which generated positive results. Substantial amounts of drugs and paraphernalia were recovered and a number of individuals are currently under investigation.
What is often overlooked in blogs is the amount of serious work that officers undertake to secure convictions in court. Gareth Bolton, a 46 year old male from the Pontypool area was sentenced to 27 months imprisonment after officers discovered 200 cannabis plants growing at his address in February 2017.
Brandon Tuckwell, a 20 year old man from the Griffithstown area was sentenced to 30 months for supplying cocaine following a targeted stop search in Cwmbran on 20th May 2017. The male was in possession of 32 bags of cocaine.
Alex Hodges, a 22 year old man was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for supplying cannabis around the New Inn area. A stop search in April 2017 resulted in the seizure of 2 ounces of cannabis and evidence that he had dealt several kilos of cannabis in the months leading up to his arrest.
In last month’s blog I highlighted a significant rise in vehicle crime particularly around theft of motorbikes and from within vehicles. Through effective targeting of suspects and vulnerable locations, I am pleased to say there has been a 30% reduction in this crime type.
The month also experienced the Blaenavon and Forgeside Community Engagement Day, an initiative aimed at raising community awareness of agencies that work together to address issues bespoke to the town. The main aim was to increase confidence in public services and help residents feel safer in their communities. Over 33 partners participated in what was undoubtedly a success. A focus group is now being established in the town to continue this work in identifying and addressing community issues as they emerge. Many thanks to Catherine Jones, Regional Anti-social Behaviour Coordinator and Sergeant Mike Pheasant for organising the event.
Finally, the Your Voice surveys have now been completed for each of the wards, the priorities of which will be published on our website soon – keep track of our work to deal with your priority issues by following #GPYourVoice on our Torfaen Twitter accounts.