Inspector Andy O'Keefe
Your latest Blog from your local Inspector, Andy O'Keefe, who covers the Bargoed, Rhymney and Ystrad Mynach areas
Welcome to my latest Blog.
It’s getting colder in the mornings and I have had to scrape the windscreen a few times before leaving for work. I want the summer back!
It has been a busy few months for Caerphilly North and my staff have again worked above and beyond to support the community and deal with incidents.
ASB Patrols continue with partners at the Royal Memorial Park, Rhymney, with the aim to deter anti-social Behaviour.
We are seeing a reduction in ASB calls to the Pontlottyn area, but regular patrols continue to be conducted by the neighbourhood team at the train station, as this was a known ‘hot spot’ area for ASB in the past. Officers will yet again continue to conduct patrols in the area with the assistance of BTP as part of the ‘Your Voice’ priority. Members of the public are speaking to officers with regards to drug dealing in the area and positive action will be taken.
Following the incident in Long Row, New Tredegar, community reassurance patrols have been continued in this area by the Rhymney Neighbourhood Team and Local Authority Community Safety Wardens.
During meetings with residents, it was clear that many issues being raised were relevant to a number of partner agencies and not always policing matters. As a result, on Saturday 29th September, a Community Engagement event was held at White Rose Primary School. A mapping exercise was conducted with those who attended to clearly identify those issues that the community want looked at and to ensure that residents had their say. The findings are being collated and will be fed back to the community in the coming weeks.
Thank you to all of the members of the Safer Caerphilly Community Safety Partnership for all the planning and attendance on the day.
Off-road bikes/fly tipping - joint patrols have taken place between local Officers and the Commons Ranger for the area. They are targeting off-road bikes, fire setting and fly-tipping and/or to deal with any persons found carrying out such acts during patrols.
ASB in and around Morrisons in Bargoed continues to take up a lot of my officers’ time. There have been reports of Youths being abusive to both staff and customers and arrests have taken place. We are also having reports of ‘car cruisers’ gathering in the car park. I have been in discussion with Morrisons’ Management who do not support their car park being used and so plans are ongoing to deter this practice.
Off-road bikes - PC Ellis has been busy and has taken positive action with regards to the illegal use of off-road vehicles in Bargoed. Pictured is a seized a quad and the rider has been reported.
ASB Tir Y Berth Park & playing fields - reports of ASB have been dealt with and alcohol seized from young people. In regards to the issue of Underage Sales, our colleagues in Trading Standards and Gwent Officers conducted test purchase activity; disappointingly 4 out of 5 premises sold to underage (2 in Caerphilly North); as a result our Licensing Team and Trading Standards will be taking this further.
Alcohol/drugs & ASB issues - Officers and partners continue to conduct patrols in the area and will continue to seize alcohol and deal with any young people found in possession.
Also, as a result of Community Intelligence, Officers have executed a Search warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act on the 26th in the Ystrad area. Keep the information coming in and we can take action.
We are seeing an increase again in the numbers of youths congregating in the area and my Officers will deal appropriately; as many residents who attended a number of community meetings last year with elected members and partners will know, we sought to plan ahead with positive diversionary activity. Unfortunately, this did not come to fruition, but I feel this is needed to create preventative measures to support enforcement action.
Parking in Ystrad Town - in the New Year, the Local Authority take over responsibility for Parking Enforcement but, in the meantime, my staff continue to act. Recently, 11 Penalty Tickets were issued in response to community complaints; unfortunately, some residents and traders felt the need to complain to officers for their activity. Residents are complaining and if you park legally and sensibly then there will be no issues.
Before I sign off, I just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone who supported the Coffee Morning held at the Bargoed Town Council Chambers on Friday 28th September. The final total for the event was £343.05, a great total for a very worthy cause.
Thank you for taking the time to read this month’s blog - I will be back next month.