Inspector Jason White
It was around this time last year that the Abercarn Ward (specifically Cwmcarn) began to experience increases in youth crime and anti-social behaviour which troubled the area throughout the summer months. Through a great deal of engagement from my team and other partner agencies, incidents dropped sharply. Most recently, I have authorised a number of dispersal orders in the area to address a recent rise in anti-social behaviour and my Crime and Disorder Reduction Officer (CADRO) will be chairing a meeting next week involving agencies and members of the community to discuss a way forward in tackling many of the issues raised.
The advent of Spring has unfortunately seen an increase in deliberate fires within the Caerphilly Central section. My team will be working closely alongside our colleagues within the Fire Service, targeting identified areas through joint patrols and education. I cannot emphasise enough how dangerous and life threatening fire starting can be, both to that individual and to communities as a whole.
An 18 year old man was arrested several days ago for drug supply within the bus station in Blackwood whereby a quantity of drugs was recovered. A drugs warrant was also undertaken last week in the Risca area where a cannabis cultivation was uncovered revealing 75 plants. Enquiries are ongoing to identify those responsible.
A meeting is taking place this week with local retailers and the council to reinvigorate the Blackwood Retail Partnership and re-introduce schemes such as 'shopwatch' to improve both communication and information sharing between all those involved in tackling shoplifting and anti-social behaviour. Similarly a further meeting is being held to discuss a partnership approach to crime and anti-social behaviour within the Blackwood bus station.
Several days ago, a 41 year old man and a 26 year old woman were arrested following a prolific crime spree (Bonnie and Clyde-esqe) involving a number of shoplifting offences in the Risca area. Both were charged and remanded for their efforts!
I am pleased to announce the merging of Blackwood and Risca crime prevention panels. The work of the panels plays a crucial role particularly around crime prevention, reduction and providing reassurance to our most vulnerable communities. To put this into perspective, the Blackwood panel successfully completed its 22nd 'Wings to Fly' event held at the Blackwood Miners Institute which involves a local youth theatre group highlighting the dangers and tragic consequences of substance misuse to over 2000 children from all the primary schools within the Caerphilly Borough. A fantastic achievement.
Finally, just a reminder that the team are currently undertaking the 'Your Voice' surveys throughout the month of April to capture your concerns and issues that are experienced within your particular community. This is a real opportunity for you to have a say in what priorities you would like the police to concentrate on in your area.
Inspector Jason White