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Gwent Police’s neighbourhood policing lead, Chief Superintendent Matthew Williams, has thanked Gwent’s neighbourhood officers and communities following a week of action that saw the force crack down on crime with a number of dedicated operations.
Between 23 – 29 January, Gwent Police joined forces across the country in marking The National Police Chiefs’ Council’s (NPCC) campaign that shines a light on the work of neighbourhood policing teams.
Throughout the week, officers across Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Torfaen, Newport and Monmouthshire hosted numerous crime prevention engagement events and carried out warrants to target neighbourhood crimes.
Chief Superintendent Matthew Williams said:
“Week in, week out, our neighbourhood policing teams work relentlessly to protect residents, target criminals and plan preventative work to tackle the crimes that blight communities.
“Throughout this week of action, officers have given a glimpse of the work we do with partners year-round to increase public safety. Neighbourhood policing is about problem solving and putting plans in place to address crime trends; planning and executing targeted operations to crack down on crime and disorder; and creating strong links with communities through engagement.
“Raids in Rhymney and Blaenau Gwent have tackled drug supply, while warrants in Caerphilly have been carried out after concerns were raised by the community around dangerous dogs being bred at an address; while in Peterstone, Wentlooge, officers carried out road safety checks issuing Traffic Offence Reports for motorists not wearing seatbelts and seized a vehicle that was being driven without insurance.
“I’d like to thank our communities in Gwent for their ongoing support. While our officers work around the clock to protect residents, intelligence we receive from the public during engagement events like police surgeries provides vital information we can act upon when preparing to carry out these warrants.”
Gwent’s officers have been sharing their work on social media throughout the campaign. Some of the operations they’ve delivered include:
Officers carried out road safety checks in Peterstone, Wentlooge. The team stopped six vehicles issuing two Traffic Offence Reports for motorists not wearing seatbelts and seized a vehicle that was being driven without insurance.
Blaenau Gwent officers dismantled a cannabis cultivation
On Tuesday 24 January, Blaenau Gwent officers dismantled a cannabis cultivation in Abertillery. The plants have been seized and a man has been arrested in connection.
Warrant executed under the Misuse of Drugs Act
Bedwas officer carried out a warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act on Wednesday 25 January and seized multiple mobile phones, drugs and money at the property.
Heddlu Bach tackle parking safety
Heddlu Bach joined Newport officers and Newport City Council to promote the importance of safe parking, particularly around schools.
Dogs seized in Caerphilly
We attended an address in Cwrt Yr Hendre, Hendredenny, Caerphilly on Tuesday 24 January after concerns that a banned breed of dog, thought to be a pitbull, had been kept at the property. Officers carried out a warrant under the Dangerous Dogs Act and the dog and eight puppies were seized to await examination from a dog legislation officer.
Community Day of Action
Officers target drug supply in the Rhymney Valley with three warrants on Friday 27 January in Tredegar, Rhymney and Fochriw. Class B drugs and mobile phones were seized in the Rhymney warrant while three suspected stolen motorbikes were recovered in Fochriw.
Our communities play a vital role in informing our planning and response to local issues.
By providing intelligence, whether that be when reporting non-emergency crimes via our website, over social media or by calling 101, or when visiting one of our police surgeries or simply stopping and talking to us in the street, you’re helping us shape our response and bring those who blight our communities to justice.