Inspector Gavin Clifton
Your latest Blog from your local Inspector, Gavin Clifton, who covers the Bedwas and Caerphilly areas
August was another busy month with our teams out engaging with the community.
We welcome our new Neighbourhood Sergeant, PS Jon Pursey to the team. He is an experienced officer with over 25 years of frontline policing. Jon brings a wealth of knowledge with him. He is looking forward to the role and I am sure you will see him out and about in the coming weeks.
I have spent some time with the Elected Members of your Council and attended several meetings across Bedwas and Caerphilly. There is a lot of work going on behind the scenes that people do not see, and they are working really hard to make improvements to our lives. It is refreshing to see that we are moving in the right direction, but we still need the valuable support and buy-in from you, our local community. There is still illegal parking taking place on the Town Centre and it is causing disruption to businesses that need deliveries. Please make sure you adhere to the traffic legislation to assist the situation. This was highlighted by the Caerphilly Town Centre Residents Group. The Police and Crime Commissioner and I, alongside the Local Authority, attended a recent public meeting where questions could be asked and I am pleased to say how well attended it was.
Our Neighbourhood Teams have been liaising with the Fire Crime Team, to look at ways to reduce and prevent fires on our mountain tops and grassy areas. Please be vigilant and careful when out and about in these areas and report anything you see suspicious. Aside from the financial implications, these fires cause devastation to our land and animals. We have stepped up our proactivity and will be conducting patrols in our open areas. Any offenders identified will be prosecuted. If you have any information on those responsible for starting these fires, please contact 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. In an emergency always call 999.
A number of new student officers have joined, or are due to join us, in Bedwas and Caerphilly. It’s great to see our numbers increasing which gives us the opportunity to look at wider issues affecting our area. We have recently focused on illegal drug supply and executed six warrants. Arrests were and our enquiries are continuing. I urge anyone with information relating to illegal drug production/supply to report it to us on 101. A big thank you to those who have sent in information to date – keep it coming!
The summer holidays are now over and the schools are back open, please be mindful to park legally and considerately when doing drop offs and pick ups. Parking is a community issue and affects everyone, it can be easily addressed if everyone complies with local traffic regulations. Lets work with schools and ensure the safety of our children.