Inspector Gavin Clifton
Your latest Blog from your local Inspector, Gavin Clifton, who covers the Bedwas and Caerphilly areas
September came and went with a flourish. No sooner had the schools opened after the summer school holidays we are heading into October and the darker nights.
Caerphilly Police Station opened this month and it is an impressive facility. At this stage the opening times are 9am until 5pm Monday to Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday and on Bank Holidays.
On a Friday and Saturday evening we will have teams policing the night time economy. They will use the Caerphilly Police Station as a base. This will provide a response to any issue or concerns arising during the evening.
I went along to the Penyrheol Ward Council Meeting this month and we discussed some issues and concerns happening in the ward area and how we are going to resolve these by working together. There was plenty of passion in the room to make things better and amongst the concerns was anti-social behaviour. We will be working with our agencies to ensure this does not continue and Social Housing and landlords will play a part to reduce and prevent anti-social behaviour.
I met with the Morgan Jones Park Councillors, Shelly Hodder, James Pritchard and Shayne Cook at Caerphilly station last Friday evening and we had a lot to discuss around their expectations of me and my team's current status and future police resources for Caerphilly. It was a very productive meeting and I look forward to working in partnership with them in the future.
Our Neighbourhood team had another action day this month and we concentrated on several areas, particularly parking around school premises. This had a positive result in some locations where no tickets were given out, but no such luck in some others, we again had to give parking tickets for offenders.
Parking is going to be important going forward, particularly around the schools and the evenings drawing in and low light will affect visibility. It is critical we park legally around schools for the safety of our young people crossing the road to see each way. We reacted to community concerns about parking. We did hold an action day to tackle offenders and there will be further action days to address any issues or concerns raised by you. It was also good to see local Councillors coming out with us and they will be coming out with us in the future.
Our Neighbourhood team will be working hard during the next few weeks in October to work with other agencies to ensure Halloween and the lead up to Bonfire night is a success for those taking part and the minority do not spoil both events and behave anti-socially.
Our Neighbourhood team arrested 4 people for a complicated £20,000 fraud in relation to theft of fuel across our force and neighbouring forces. One has been remanded in prison and the 3 others are on bail with a curfew. Not only have we secured offenders and we can keep an eye on them during the curfew period, we have stopped their activity and prevented further victims.
Caerphilly Trading Standards have been working in our area this month concentrating on Illegal sale of vehicles in a dangerous condition. This sends a message that there are people out there willing to sell vehicles that should not be on our roads. Simple advice is always use a reputable garage, and there are agencies willing to look over a vehicle for you to make sure they are road worthy.
On Thursday 26th October during the day, I will be working out of Caerphilly Police Station. I have kept this day free and if you want to pop in and see me then please do so. I will also be there on Friday 3rd Nov from 5pm till 8pm.
Hopefully see you then.