Inspector Gavin Clifton

Your latest Blog from your local Inspector, Gavin Clifton, who covers the Bedwas and Caerphilly areas

February is here already and today (as I write this blog) the temperature measures -5 degrees, so a cold start to the month and snow has already made an appearance in 2019. I love the snow, it gives me the opportunity to get my snowboard out and have some fun but there is a downside to it when it creates hazardous conditions on the road. My advice during the colder weather is to always take it easy if you are driving and plan any trips, give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination and make sure you have warm clothing with you.

Usually at this time of the year there is an appetite to improve fitness. I encourage anyone to participate in activity that will increase health through fitness and my team in Bedwas have taken this seriously by signing up for a Triathlon in Swansea this June. This is a small event with small distances but great to see our section entering a team event and supporting each other.

The Neighbourhood Team have been busy in their ward areas and have a full diary of Police Surgeries in your community. We will ensure these dates will all be available on the Gwent Police website and will update our social media to let everyone know they are there. Please don’t forget to share our Tweets on your own social media to help spread the word!

The month of January was a busy month, there has been an increase in criminal damage to vehicles in the Parc Avenue, Bedwas Road and Pontygwindy Road in Caerphilly and we are working with local businesses and the community to identify those responsible. The team have already had some positive results which will hopefully end in some positive arrests. There is a patrol plan now in place to prevent any further crime like this, the plan is effective and working already and instances have dropped dramatically, however, if you or anyone in the community can provide any information then please ring 101. This type of behaviour is not acceptable.

We are still in the process of preventing Organised Crime Groups (OCGs) from working within our community. It is our communities who are providing that vital information and intelligence for us to act. We have had success again in arresting offenders who are dealing drugs to our people on our streets. If anyone is found to be supplying illegal drugs in our community we will not only make sure they receive a custodial sentence, but under the Proceeds of Crime Act, we will ensure we are robust and active to take their property. If you have any information then please ring Crimestoppers 0800 555 111. Keep the information coming!

I’d like to end my blog on a more positive note… One of our officers in Bedwas and Caerphilly section has been invited to the Queen's Garden Party in June, which is great that they are representing our section and force. Another Police Officer has been selected to play Rugby for the British Police next week and wish him good luck. We have a CSO who had been selected to play for the female British Police - unfortunately, they received an injury and had to pull out today, but I am sure she will be back in the game next time. And to finish off PC Scott Williams represented Wales Deaf Rugby Team V England Deaf in the Arms Park, a great international match and of course, Wales came away with a victory. Let’s hope this will be the same when we meet England later this month.

Some really good news and talent coming from our section and we want to congratulate those have been nominated. But the real game is on our streets to make them safe, we all have our part to play.

Have a great February and if you’re a rugby fan, enjoy the Six Nations – stay safe, stay together and enjoy the days!

For daily updates, follow my teams on Twitter @gpbedwas @gpcaerphilly

You can also email me any policing issues in your community gavin.clifton@gwent.pnn.police.uk

Inspector Gavin Clifton