21 January 2009>
Concerns about anti-social behaviour in the Phillipstown area are being addressed by a joint approach developed by the Safer Caerphilly Community Safety Partnership.
In recent weeks and months, there have been a spate of incidents that have concerned many local residents – residents that attend PACT meetings in the local area have repeatedly highlighted anti-social and nuisance behaviour as their top priority for the community safety partnership to address.
As a result, significant action has been taken to ensure that this area remains a safe one, and that residents can go about their day-to-day lives feeling safe.
Gwent Police, Caerphilly County Borough Council's Community Safety Wardens and CCTV operators and other community safety staff have co-ordinated a joint response over the past weeks and months to address residents concerns.
Just some of the action taken is detailed as follows:
- 11 persons have been arrested, for offences including breach of an Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO), public order offences and criminal damage
- 20 referrals for anti-social behaviour were submitted against local persons to the Safer Caerphilly Community Safety Partnership
- One person was sentenced to 12 months in prison for repeatedly breaching their ASBO
- Executed three drugs warrants in Phillipstown in an attempt to disrupt the supply and use of controlled drugs within the community
- Applied for a Designated Public Place Order (DPPO) to cover several streets in the Phillipstown area.
- Held a month-long joint operation between the Neighbourhood Policing Team, Gwent Police Officers, Dog Handlers and Traffic Department, and CCBC's Community Safety Wardens, Tenancy Enforcement Section, Youth Workers and CCTV operators.
- Gwent Police's Neighbourhood Policing Team and CCBC's Community Safety Wardens attended Phillipstown Primary School to meet pupils and to allow them to view the council's mobile CCTV unit.
- Over a 96-day period, CCBC's Community Safety Wardens patrolled the Phillipstown area for a total of 601 hours.
The Safer Caerphilly Community Safety Partnership will continue to work together with local residents, to ensure that this effort is ongoing and continues to make a positive difference to the lives of residents of the Phillipstown area.
Community Safety Manager, Howard Rees said, "Our priority is to ensure we create a safe community both for residents and indeed anyone visiting the area.
We have spoken to, and listened to the people of Phillipstown and they have highlighted anti-social behaviour, particularly involving youths aged between 10 and 20 as one of their main concerns.
Such behaviour often intimidates people going about their day to day business, and together with our partners we have sent, and will continue to send out a strong message to people behaving in such a manner that it will not be tolerated."
To contact the Safer Caerphilly Community Safety Partnership, please call: 01443 864374.
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