Inspector Gavin Clifton
Your latest Blog from your local Inspector, Gavin Clifton, who covers the Bedwas and Caerphilly areas
This blog is one of mixed emotion, we have had some really great highs this month, mixed with the tragic accident and death of a member of our community, Gareth Williams of Bedwas. I mention Gareth as I knew him for many years, not as close as many people, but from a distance, and as a local lad, it came as a shock. I am sure as a community we will give support and love to his family. This picture and tribute were supplied by his family.
"Gareth was a true gentleman who found happiness and fulfilment through his family. He was the most loving, selfless man and devoted husband and father."
In April a group of people were arrested on suspicion of money laundering and being concerned in the supply of class A drugs. They have each received lengthy custodial sentences. Not only did we get these people, who were supplying our community with deadly and life changing drugs, off our streets, we also seized their property and cash under the Proceeds of Crime Act - this is a great piece of legislation that allows us to ensure these criminals don't benefit financially from their offending.
A lot of work went into securing these convictions. It gave me and my team great satisfaction to achieve such notable results.
On the back of this operation we carried out a further seven warrants in Caerphilly and Bedwas. Our action resulted in arrests for illegal class B drug activity and money laundering as well as seizure of property and a significant amount of cash.
We will never stop in our pursuit to make our community safer. It is you, the community, who are the vital link in providing us with the right information and intelligence. So please keep this flow of information coming. You can call us anytime on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Our Neighbourhood Team carried out another week of action in April to target illegal parking in Caerphilly Town Centre and around schools in Caerphilly and Bedwas. This seems to be a very emotive topic. Officers act on the issues that the local community say are important to them; one is currently safe and legal parking. However, whenever we do take such action we unfortunately receive a lot of criticism.
I have been verbally abused by members of the public, and have also witnessed the verbal abuse members of my team have received from people who have received parking tickets. It’s very concerning that this has even been prevalent around schools. Threatening, abusive and insulting words/ behaviour is not acceptable and therefore, officers will now be using video evidence from their body worn cameras to deal with any offences identified. One person has already been reported for obstructing police and received points on their licence for parking on Zig Zags, and will soon appear before the Courts.
Throughout our week of action we issued 154 fixed penalty notices and gave a large number of verbal warnings for illegal parking. One person was arrested for drink driving, warnings were issued for possession of cannabis and officers assisted with a warrant in Penyrheol where two men were arrested on suspicion of cultivation of cannabis. I'd like to thank all those officers involved who adjusted their shifts and came in on rest days to ensure the week was a success and that local community issues were dealt with.
Have a great May, it has started with plenty of sunshine! We will be out and about; more warrants and more arrests to come - please keep the information coming.