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 I mentioned in my last one that Bargoed was having building works and re-wiring done; that is all completed and I am back in the station. Now that I’m back I have been catching up on the activity of my staff and I am glad to report that they have been really busy.

All of the teams have been undertaking the Your Voice surveys, the data is in and will be collated to identify the issues you want as your ward priorities.

Rhymney Ward

Off-Road bikes- Local officers have identified and reported a male for driving a quad on the road - his bike was seized; this is a regular issue in the area and can have tragic results. These vehicles are not road legal and if they injure a pedestrian or damage another vehicle they do not have insurance. If you have information please report it.

A Drugs Warrant was executed in Moriah Ward; Class A Drugs seized and the male is being dealt with for possession offences.

The team ran a joint operation with the DVLA and our Area Support Unit in response to residents complaints over parking issues, untaxed cars and abandonded vehicles . The results from just one day were staggering and there will be more operations coming up;

  • 3 vehicles  seized for no tax
  • 1 driver reported for no insurance/licence
  • 1 driving whilst using a mobile phone ticket issued
  • 20 vehicles clamped throughout the Upper Rhymney Valley
  • 70 electronic fines to be issued by DVLA
  • 2 x fixed penalty notices issued for parking offences

Please keep feeding in the information and we will keep you updated in the coming weeks and months. Checkout the activity of the team on their Twitter feed @gprhymney

Bargoed Ward

I have commented previously with regards to the problems on Bargoed town with groups of youths congregating in large numbers. My officers have run a series of operations and I have authorised dispersal orders when appropriate. We were starting to see a slight improvement but over the last few days we have again seen an increase in ASB in and around Morrisons.

One incident of note occurred on the 26th April; the Local Authority Highways Department repaired the steps leading from Hanbury Road to the car park below. Barriers were put in place to allow the cement to set and sometime after the workers left and the next morning the damage in the photograph was caused.

The repair was done with public money, yours and mine only for some mindless individuals to cause damage. Clearly they have no respect for our town and so I ask if anyone has any information to help identify those responsible please call 101 and quote 1800147358

I have spoken with the Town Council with regards to the possibility of establishing positive community activity for young people as the PCC Mr Cuthbert has funds to support such projects. It is not just restricted to the Council and so if any residents feel that they have an idea or project to support this please speak to your Ward Officers and we can work together to address the anti-social behaviour in the area. Some young people involved in ASB have been arrested and this stance will continue; so parents/guardians please support us by discouraging your young people from gathering in the area.

Our colleagues in Trading Standards continue to work hard in addressing the supply of alcohol to young people and since my last blog they have undertaken test purchase activity. A local shop sold to a person underage, the person making the transaction recieved £100 fine and the proprieter will also be reported. These operations can only be done if the intelligence is given to Trading Standards, so if you have information please report it.

Local Officers, Special Constables, Gwent Police Harm Reduction staff in partnership with Trading Standards, Environmental Health, South Wales Fire & Rescue and LA Licensing Department undertook licensing visits recently to 3 pubs across the area . The results were good with only a few issues that the team needed to offer further advice on.

The local team are continuing action with regards to inconsiderate parking on Bargoed Town. Please work with us and park considerately. Checkout the activity of the team on their Twitter feed @gpbargoed

Ystrad Mynach Ward

Staff have been busy over this period and have been working as part of a multi agency response to fly tipping on the commons, if you have any information with regards to those responsible please report it to us or CCBC Environmental Health.

Along with the ASB patrols officers have also been acting on the infomation you are providing. Over the last month a number of search warrants have been executed at properties with resources from across the Caerphilly area and beyond.

It was great to have the support of our Special Constabulary @gpspecials on the 20th April; some of them pictured above, standing infront of what I like to call “The Master Key”. Regular and Special Constables work together in our communities. If you think you would like to join the team visit the Gwent Police Website, as an ex Special myself I can recommend what is a very rewarding role.

On the 25th April local officers executed another warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act and discovered a cannabis factory. Positive action in taking drugs off the street.

Parking issues remain a concern for residents and activity is continuing so please be considerate and think of others as tickets will be issued. Checkout the activity of the team on their Twitter feed @gpystradmynach 

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

For daily updates, follow my teams on Twitter @gpbargoed @gprhymney @gpystradmynach

You can also email me any policing issues in your community andrew.o'[email protected] 

Inspector Andy O'Keefe