05 September 2008>
The Bargoed Neighbourhood Policing Team has been focussing extra patrols in the Pengam area throughout August, in a bid to tackle Partnerships and Communities Together (PACT) priorities.
The team concentrated their efforts on four weekend dates in areas including Fleur-de-lis, Britannia and Upper Trelyn.
Officers seized 40 cans and bottles of alcohol from underage drinkers and 28 parents and guardians have been sent letters, explaining when and where officers stopped their children with alcohol.
There were three arrests for offences including possession of Class B drugs, assault and breach of an Anti-Social Behaviour injunction.
One vehicle was also reported for not having tax.
The Neighbourhood Policing Team were joined on each date by two Community Safety Wardens and Caerphilly Council's mobile CCTV van, which was used to help monitor and deter any crime and disorder.
They also worked with Trading Standards Officers to run test purchases as part of the operation. There were two sales made to underage drinkers, which resulted in an £80 fixed penalty notice for both a licensed premise and an off-licence.
Each of the three current PACT priorities for the Pengam ward focus on reducing youth disorder along High Street in Fleur-de-lis, Salway Avenue in Britannia and along the lane connecting Golwy-y-Bont and Upper Trelyn.
Pengam Ward Officer, PC Alun Davies, said: "We have had some positive results over the recent dates in August, including the positive test purchases at two local premises. Residents often raise the fact that youth disorder is connected to the consumption of alcohol by underage drinkers, so we are working to both confiscate alcohol and prevent them from obtaining alcohol in the first place."
Bargoed Neighbourhood Sergeant, George Fleri, said: "The operation was a focussed effort with our partners to tackle issues that the community has raised as PACT priorities. We will not tolerate anti-social behaviour in our communities, and will continue to tackle these issues as part of our proactive policing of the area."
Caerphilly County Borough Council's cabinet member for the environment, Cllr Lyn Ackerman said, "PACT meetings are an excellent means of establishing what concerns members of the public have with regards to their local area, which then allows partner agencies including Caerphilly Borough Council and Gwent Police to act accordingly.
Operations such as this illustrates partnership working at its best – by pooling our knowledge and resources, we are putting out the unified message to a minority who choose to act anti socially, that their behaviour will not be accepted.
Our teams of Community Safety Warden, CCTV operators and Trading Standards officers are prolific in operations such as this, and frequently work in close partnership with colleagues at Gwent Police, conducting high visibility patrols and test purchases to both deter disorder and indeed reassure our local residents."
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