Inspector Andy O'Keefe

Your latest Blog from your local Inspector, Andy O'Keefe, who covers the Bargoed, Rhymney and Ystrad Mynach areas

Welcome to my latest Blog, September is here and our young people have gone back to school. My own daughter has this year gone to Comprehensive school and it is a worrying time as a parent; will they enjoy the new school and also get on with the new pupils.

I am glad to say she has fitted in well but I know this is not always the case for all young people and at this time of change bullying can be an issue. If you are a parent and you think there are issues in this way I would recomend looking at the www.Schoolbeat.org site.

The website provides information on many subjects including drug and substance misuse, social behaviour and community and personal safety.

Locally my staff have been working hard throughout the summer and I want to take this opportunity to thank them for all their hard work in keeping our communites safe.

I attended a Community Meeting on Tuesday evening at Abertysswg along with local Councillors and Gerrald Jones MP. Residents raised a number of quality of life concerns. The meeting was constructive and very positive; a theme that came out in this meeting and is relevant to many other areas I am responsible for is the need for local community information.

A number of the issues raised are classed as anti-social behaviour and it is true to say many of the perpetrators are local to the villages and towns where it is taking place. I repeat the same massage to residents and Councillors in that for us to deal with the issues we need information. It is the case of the community supporting us so we can support you.

There are many ways you can report matters;

Gwent Police non emergency:101

Gwent Police emergency: 999

Crimestoppers 0800 555 111

Speak to your local Officers, all details can be found on our website.

In the last month my Neighbourhood Teams have carried out search warrants at addresses across Caerphilly North that have resulted in the seizure of drugs and suspected stolen property. This is great work and this activity will continue.

Finally, I am pleased to take this opportunity to welcome a number of new officers to Caerphilly North:

CSO 272 Chris Sava                             

CSO 273 Angharad Morgan            

CSO 275 Emily Hughes                      

CSO 278 Russell Childs         

They are already out and about working with their colleagues and  I am sure they will all enjoy what is a rewarding career.

Thank-you for taking the time to read this month’s blog and I will be back next month.

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Inspector Andy O'Keefe