06 March 2012
A high visibility presence and multi-agency working to tackle anti-social behaviour and underage drinking in the Rhymney area is producing pleasing results.
Since January 2012 officers have been working with Caerphilly County Borough Council's Community Safety Wardens as well as British Transport Police and Gwent Police Special Constabulary to tackle hot spot areas.
In total, 104 youths have been stopped between Rhymney Memorial Park and Rhymney High Street, and 50 Anti Social Behaviour referrals issued for disorder in this area. More than 100 items of alcohol have also been seized from youths drinking under age.
Over the last four Fridays, the agencies involved have been targeting anti-social behaviour, with a particular focus on underage drinking in hotspots of the Rhymney area – and as a result 26 youths have been stopped and 6 Anti-Social Behaviour referrals have been submitted.
Newly appointed Rhymney Neighbourhood Policing Team Inspector, Karen Evans said: "We are continuing to target anti-social behaviour in the Rhymney area in order to further improve the quality of life for local residents. We will continue our proactive patrols, particularly concentrating on areas that residents have highlighted are of most concern to them."
She continued, "We've seen a 28% drop in anti-social behaviour across Rhymney, the Moriah ward has seen a reduction of 40%. My team will now continue to focus on the area, to build on the excellent work undertaken in the area to date."
Cllr Rob Gough, Cabinet Member for Public Protection said, "Our team of Community Safety Wardens work tirelessly on a daily basis to help make our county borough a safer places to live and visit, and by pooling our resources with colleagues from Gwent Police on targeted operations such as this, we are able to make a real positive difference to the lives of our residents."
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