12 May 2009>
Anti-social behaviour and underage drinking in the Glenfields and Trecenydd areas of the Caerphilly county borough are being tackled, as part of an ongoing multi agency operation.
Over the past few weekends, the Caerphilly Neighbourhood Policing Team, together with Caerphilly County Borough Council's teams of Community Safety Wardens and Trading Standards have been targeting underage drinking and anti-social behaviour in the Glenfields and Trecenydd areas.
Officers and wardens have been conducting high visibility patrols of the area, as well as speaking to some young people about their behaviour. In total, they confiscated 37 items of alcohol, and issued 36 anti-social behaviour referrals over the last few Friday nights. Trading Standards also conducted test purchases in the area.
Penyrheol Ward Officer, PC Andy Elias said: "Residents have told us that they are concerned about anti-social behaviour and underage drinking in the Glenfields and Trecenydd areas. It is a current PACT priority for the area, and one that we, together with partners such as the Council have been targeting for some time.
This latest operation is just one of the ways that we are doing this. We are also working with the Council to introduce a number of youth projects to help divert young people to take part in more productive activities."
Cabinet member for the environment, Cllr Lyn Ackerman said, "This excellent work being undertaken in the area is helping to make the Caerphilly county borough an even more pleasant and safe place to live and visit.
We will not allow the anti social behaviour of a small minority affect the quality of life for the majority, and highly visible, multi agency work such as that being undertaken in the Glenfields and Trecenydd areas really emphasises this."
Since the operation began, officers have received fewer calls on Friday nights from residents in the local area.
The Neighbourhood Policing Team and Community Safety Wardens will continue to focus on the area, and encourage young people who live locally to take part in diversionary schemes to occupy their time in alternative ways.
Caerphilly County Borough Council's "The Hub" team and local volunteers will also be organising activities every Friday night at Trecenydd Youth Club, for youths to take part in.
This is an opportunity for young people to be involved in community projects to benefit the community and to also build relationships with other young people and adults who get involved.
The young people can have an opportunity to have their voices heard by joining the Youth Sub Group, which meet every Wednesday from 4:00pm - 6:00pm at Trecenydd Community Centre to discuss activities young people can participate in.
If you have any questions or would like further information on the Hub Team please contact Andrew Griffiths, Senior Youth Participation Worker on 01443 863243 to have a chat and to see how you can become involved in the Youth Sub Group.
The next PACT meeting for the Penyrheol ward, which includes Glenfields and Trecenydd, will be held on Tuesday 16th June at 6:00pm, at Trecenydd Community Centre.
The meeting is designed to shape the way the community is policed and managed, by addressing current concerns highlighted at the meeting.
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