Inspector Amanda Thomas
Your latest Blog from your local Inspector, Amanda Thomas, who covers the Abertillery, Brynmawr, Ebbw Vale and Tredegar area
I hope you are all enjoying this spell of fantastic weather, I certainly am -plenty of barbecues and socialising with family and friends. Let's hope it stays for the next couple of months.
Firstly, I want to touch on the incident in Tredegar with the man and the occupation of the derelict building which attracted a lot of attention. There were negative comments on social media about the scale of policing involved. Unfortunately members of the public are not sighted on threat, risk and harm factors and the intelligence picture. Our job was to ensure that everyone involved in that incident including members of the public in the locality remained safe. The situation was challenging but I am very pleased that it was resolved and an arrest made. Personal thanks to the businesses in the area that supported my officers during this ordeal and to my officers who worked long hours in difficult conditions.
Our Blaenau Gwent Student cadets are going from strength to strength. They have been out in the community volunteering and taking part in charity events, walking up Twmbarlwm Mountain together with PC Craig Ellis who carried 95kg on his back. They handed out leaflets in Rassau and talked with members of the public about bogus officials and rogue traders. They have also been at engagement events, most recently with PC Richie Lewis and team at Brynmawr Community Fair together with our volunteers from Ebbw Fach Crime Prevention Panel. They also attended at the Go Wild event at Bryn Bach Park with PS Briggs and my Ebbw Vale team. Remarkable!
There has also been some great community engagement events taking place, my Neighbourhood Team from Abertillery worked with South Wales Fire and Rescue Service to educate drivers about road safety. My teams were also in attendance at the Armed Forces day held at Bedwellty Park and we look forward to attending Bevan day on Sunday 1st July which marks the 70th anniversary of the creation of the National Health Service. HRH The Prince of Wales will also be visiting Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan, at Ebbw Vale on Thursday 5th July to mark this special occasion.
I continue to receive reports in relation to vehicle and road traffic matters. Please note that I do aim to tackle those areas where reports and complaints have been received. In particular, there has been an increase in traffic nuisance on Tredegar Town centre and in particular Gwent Shopping Centre. I, too, witnessed an off road bike speeding towards this location and if you are the male wearing a white helmet, riding a white and orange off road bike, please note that we will find you and your bike will be taken from you. We are in the early stages of planning an enforcement operation with our colleagues from the Area Support Unit to target this area - so hopefully in the next blog I can share some of those results.
Diesel thefts are still continuing on the Heads of the Valley road / Rassau Industrial estate. However, Police Dog Noah has been instrumental in tracking down a vehicle and forensic material that will no doubt lead us to the offenders. Is it you? Could your door be next?
I was delighted to have nominated officers from both my Uniform department together with CID colleagues for commendations in relation to their professionalism and investigative skills. They were awarded their certificates at our monthly Inspector meeting, presented by Supt Nick Mclain. I am very proud of the work that my officers are conducting on a daily basis and receiving recognition for their work is very important to me.
We have welcomed another three police officers to Blaenau-Gwent this week; however one of the first incidents that one of my officers attended was the fatal road traffic collision in Brynmawr. Our thoughts are with the family of the deceased at this tremendously difficult time. Full support will also be available to my officers who attended the incident.
The Neighbourhood Enforcement Team has been really busy this month and produced the following results:
12 people arrested in Blaenau-Gwent for failing to attend Court
Man arrested in Ebbw Vale for driving over the prescribed drink drive limit
Man arrested for breaching his prison licence in Abertillery
Vehicles seized for no insurance in Tredegar and Ebbw Vale
Man given a ticket for failing to conform to a traffic sign in Tredegar Town
Two men arrested in Abertillery at the scene for theft from unattended motor vehicles
They also continue to execute warrants under the Misuse of Drugs Act and will pro-actively target those individuals who are suspected of dealing Class A drugs. If you have any information / intelligence in relation to these individuals please contact us - see details at the bottom of the page. This criminality is what destroys families and communities.
Last week myself, PS Briggs and Ch Supt Budden attended a meeting at Blaenau Gwent County Council together with MP Nick Smith. We were discussing the issues in relation to the current CCTV coverage in Blaenau Gwent. The meeting was very positive with indicators to improve this system so that it is fit for purpose. Further updates will follow in future blogs.
I would also invite members of the public to witness what we do on a daily basis by taking part in the ride along scheme. Full details are on the Gwent Police Website.
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog.