30 January 2012>
A campaign is underway across Caerphilly county borough to prevent alcohol related crime and disorder in town centres during the Six Nations.
Gwent Police and Caerphilly County Borough Council, who are both members of the Safer Caerphilly Community Safety Partnership, will be working together to tackle a range of issues over the coming weeks.
Officers are contacting all licensees in the area ahead of the first match on Saturday 4th February to remind them of their role in serving alcohol responsibly.
Licensees are also being encouraged to check that their CCTV systems are working correctly. During the tournament, police and trading standards will be visiting licensed premises to check that all door staff are SIA (Security Industry Authority) approved, the premises are safe and adhering to the licensing conditions.
Local officers, together with the council's Community Safety Wardens will also be providing an increased presence in the town centres to deter any crime and disorder on match days.
In Blackwood, Caerphilly and Risca town centre, they will be joined by Street Pastors, a group of volunteers who offer care and support to people on nights out on Fridays and Saturdays. Their pastoral role includes helping to prevent people from becoming victims of crime as well as promoting personal and community safety in the town centre.
Caerphilly County Borough Council's CCTV operators will also be working around the clock to monitor the town centres and look out for any incidents of disorder. Should any occur, they have direct links to Gwent Police officers and the council's Community Safety Wardens, enabling them to report these immediately.
Caerphilly Partnership Inspector Kevin Childs, said: "We want people to enjoy the Six Nations, but to act responsibly when they are out in local pubs and clubs. The majority of people do, and we are working with our partners and the licensing trade to prevent those individuals who drink too much, from going on to cause disorder in our town centres."
Cllr Rob Gough, Cabinet Member for Public Protection said: "I would encourage people out enjoying the Six Nations festivities to work with us to ensure that everyone remains safe.
He continued, "With a traditional increase in alcohol consumption over this period, tempers can occasionally flare, but by acting responsibly and sensibly you will be helping us and our partners to ensure that everyone has a safe, trouble-free and enjoyable time."
The Gwent Police Mobile Police station will also be out over a variety of 6 Nations matches: -
- Saturday February 4th – Bedwas (10am – 5pm) Church Street in Bedwas, Morrisons in Caerphilly and the Trethomas area
- Sunday 5th February– Bargoed (6pm – 9pm) Bargoed Town
- Sunday 12th February– Bargoed (6pm – 9pm) Bargoed Town
- Saturday 25th February– Ystrad Mynach (5pm – 10pm) Ystrad Mynach town centre
- Saturday 10th March– Ystrad Mynach (10am – 10pm) Ystrad Mynach town centre
- Saturday March 17th – Caerphilly (12pm – 6pm) Caerphilly Town (top of town and throughout the town)
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