Inspector Amanda Thomas

Your latest Blog from your local Inspector, Amanda Thomas, who covers the Abertillery, Brynmawr, Ebbw Vale and Tredegar area

I would firstly like to thank my Neighbourhood Sergeant, PS Matthew Briggs for guest writing my last blog - I hope you all enjoyed the update.

My teams have been extremely busy over the last month, even though we love the sight of the sunshine, unfortunately, it increases incidents of anti-social behaviour and alcohol fuelled violence.

As a result of the anti-social behaviour, I authorised two Dispersal Notices in Tredegar and Brynmawr town centres. I will not tolerate this behaviour and I will issue them again if this activity continues.

Alcohol fuelled violence is often evident in relation to incidents of Domestic Violence, incidents that my officers are attending to daily. These crimes are often hidden and victims subject to horrendous violence that can significantly have a detrimental impact on their wellbeing both emotionally and physically. Children are also affected; some witness the violence but often most are victims themselves. If you suspect someone is subject to this abuse or if you are a victim, please contact us.

There has been a lot of great proactive work conducted across Blaenau-Gwent over the last month, in conjunction with our Area Support Teams and CID teams, below are some examples of this;

· A number of drug warrants were executed in Caerphilly and Blaenau-Gwent that resulted in the arrests of 4 men for drug related offences and 2 women for money laundering offences. Read the full story here

· Four men were given suspended sentences and fines for Affray / Public order offences in Cwm, Ebbw Vale

· Our Area Support Unit (ASU) and Neighbourhood Teams worked together on a two day Traffic Operation where over 50 vehicles were stopped , 7 vehicles seized and 8 pursuits were carried out when vehicles failed to stop.

· Three warrants were executed by Blaenau-Gwent, Caerphilly Officers, ASU where suspected stolen diesel and car batteries were located.

· Three men were arrested and further house searches conducted in relation to stolen diesel - they have since been released under investigation

· One man arrested on suspicion of assault and criminal damage. This assault was on two of my officers - he is now awaiting court.

· A number of Section 59 Notices have been issued within Blaenau-Gwent in relation to off road bikes.

As a result of the previous illegal open air music events held across the force, a planning meeting was held to discuss actions to prevent this from happening again. A considerable amount of proactive work had been conducted and in relation to Blaenau-Gwent, all vulnerable likely sites were visited and security employed by the landlords of those sites. Extra officers and pro-active policing including stop searches were conducted over the Bank Holiday Weekend. This clearly frustrated such plans to hold one in Blaenau-Gwent.

Our social media message obviously attracted many negative comments from potential attendees at these events; however there are sinister undertones at these events with organised criminality in relation to drug dealing.

My neighbourhood teams have also been busy engaging with local community clubs and our key partners. They have also been issuing numerous fixed penalty tickets to inconsiderate drivers and vehicles contravening traffic regulations in particular obstructions and double yellow lines.

I am pleased to announce an extension to the Neighbourhood Team and they are a small team of officers who will be focussed on Neighbourhood Enforcement. They will target those individuals that cause the community most harm in relation to drug dealing and anti-social behaviour. They will also seek out those individuals that are wanted by us. In the last week they have already arrested three people for No Bail Warrants. Note to the people who may be subject of a warrant against them - make arrangements to come in or you will have a knock on your door at a time that is not convenient to you.

Our new Police Cadets in Blaenau Gwent are thriving and some of them are making different life choices - this makes running this scheme all the more worthwhile.

I have also been busy this month - interviewing potential new police recruits as well as attending meetings with Blaina Town Council members, MP Nick Smith and Tredegar Council members to discuss those issues that are affecting you the most. Whilst I cannot promise everything, I can assure you that my teams are doing the very best they can in order to keep you safe.

Please continue to work with us and I thank you for the information and intelligence that you provide to help keep your communities safe. This is vital to us and sometimes the smallest piece of information could be the last piece of the jigsaw.

If you have any information in relation to any crime please contact us on 101 or speak to your local Community Support Officer. You can also ring Crime stoppers anonymously 0800 555 111.

For daily updates, follow my teams on Twitter @gpabertillery @gpbrynmawr @gpebbwvale and @gptredegar

You can also email me any policing issues in your community [email protected] 

Inspector Amanda Thomas