Inspector Ian Muirhead
Hi everyone I hope I find you all well. I have quite a bit to tell you about this month.
In Rhymney we have been having an issue with young people riding off-road vehicles illegally on the roads and grass. The riders are causing damage to the grassed area which is spoiling the look of the area for everyone. We have had some success and identified a small number of people responsible and we have taken their vehicles off them but this appears to be a growing issue with the numbers rising. We are working with various other agencies to deal with the issue but the best information we can have is the names of those who are responsible so we can deal with them. Could I ask anyone who knows the identity of those responsible to contact us on 101 or make direct contact with the neighbourhood officers who cover the area whose details are on the Gwent Police website.
We have also been experiencing issues with youngsters in the town centre areas of Bargoed, Rhymney, Ystrad and Flur-de-lys. They are particularly abusive to my officers when they deal with them. Again we have identified a number of people who are now in the anti-social behaviour injunction process but I would ask you report this type of behaviour at the time it is happening to allow us to better plan our response. If you are a parent could I ask that you monitor where your children are so that we can stop them getting in trouble with the police.
The 'Your Voice' surveys are once again being completed by my officers. They will be out and about right across the area speaking to people and recording your concerns. If you don't meet with one of the officers don't worry you can still complete a survey. There are a number of other ways to do this without speaking directly to the officers. You can go to the Gwent Police website or complete a survey via Gwent Now. It's a simple process and should only take a few minutes of your time.
Illegal parking has once again dominated the many meetings I attend. I was pleased to be invited to a meeting in Ystrad Mynach where concerned residents were looking to make the roads safer for children. As well as the usual areas where illegal parking is a problem, my teams have been targeting the many schools in our area where parents feel it is OK to park illegally to drop off their children at the school. We cannot be at every school every day but we are doing our best to ensure that we attend all of them to deal with this issue. Please park responsibly and more importantly legally.
Finally I am leaving Caerphilly North to take up a post in Gwent Police Force Control room. I have enjoyed my time here over the last couple of years and know that together we have achieved great things for the communities. Thank you to those of you who have taken an active role in helping us police the area and I wish you all the very best in the future.
It only remains for me to thank you for taking the time to read this Blog, I hope you will continue reading the new Inspectors blog as we look to keep you informed of the good work that the Caerphilly North team do for you. One last thing, you can help us help you by reporting anything suspicious to us on 101.
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