01 April 2008
Anti-social behaviour in Aberbargoed has been top of the agenda for a recent Neighbourhood Policing operation in the area.
During the operation, officers made 15 arrests for various offences including Public Order, Violent Disorder and Actual Bodily Harm.
A further 22 Anti-Social Behaviour Order Referrals were also made over the three weekends that the operation ran and members of the Bargoed Neighbourhood Policing Team conducted 30 stop searches.
They also issued four Fixed Penalty Notices for vehicles causing an obstruction and for the incorrect use of fonts on vehicle licence plates.
During the operation, two young people from the local Youth Offending Scheme also carried out a litter pick in Aberbargoed, as part of their Community Reparation Work. They collected ten bags of litter from the area around the local recreation field.
Anti-social behaviour was identified as a PACT priority for Aberbargoed, with problems reported in Highfield Crescent, Commercial Street and at the park to the rear of Yew Street.
During the targeted operation, local Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers increased their patrols of the area in partnership with Caerphilly Council's Community Safety Wardens.
PC Nicholas Thomas, said: "Anti-social behaviour is clearly a concern for residents in Aberbargoed and was identified as a priority at a previous PACT meeting. In order to help tackle this priority, we ran a targeted operation over three weekends, to make it quite clear to the few that are taking part in anti-social behaviour, that it will not be tolerated. Numerous arrests and Anti-Social Behaviour Order Referrals were made, and we will continue to police the affected areas to improve the quality of life for local residents."
Caerphilly County Borough Council's Trading Standards Department and CCTV operators, along with the Community Safety Wardens also played an important role in ensuring the success of the Operation.
Community Safety Manager, Howard Rees said, "Combating anti social behaviour is one of the key strategic priorities of the Safer Caerphilly Community Safety Partnership. Through targeted operations such as the one carried out recently, we are putting out a unified message that anti social behaviour will not be tolerated in our communities. The actions carried out by Gwent Police, in partnership with Trading Standards, the Community Safety Wardens and CCTV operators shows just this."
Following the latest Partnership and Communities Together (PACT) meeting in Aberbargoed, the current three priorities for the area are underage drinking in Commercial Street and in the park to the rear of Yew Street, as well as speeding along Commercial Street.
The next PACT meeting for the ward will be held at 6:30pm on Wednesday 18th June at Aberbargoed Primary School.
Addressing local PACT priorities is just one of the functions of the 135 Neighbourhood Policing Teams in operation across Gwent, which are currently celebrating their first anniversary.
A Gwent Police 'Local for you' campaign is underway to remind the public about how they can get details of how to contact their local Neighbourhood Policing Team. If you would like to find out more about your local team, details of the current PACT priorities or the date of next PACT meeting in your area, please visit www.gwent.police.uk/localforyou
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