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. The festive season is nearly upon us; my staff and I are gearing up and preparing for what will be a busy month for both us and our partners.

We are now entering into the period of ‘works dos’ and I hope if you are attending one you have a great time. Unfortunately, because some people don’t go out drinking socially throughout the year, when Christmas comes around they may drink more than they normally would. Below are some simple steps you can take to stay safe:-

  • Eat as well as drink
  • Try and drink water between alcoholic drinks
  • Know your limits
  • Stick with friends
  • Plan how to get home before going out
  • Don’t drink and drive
  • If you are a driver you can still be over the limit the next day

Since the last Blog there has been a lot of positive work on-going:

Rhymney Ward - I held a meeting with the PCC, Gerald Jones MP, Dawn Bowden AM, local Councillors and partners in the local authority to discuss the concerns of local residents. I was able to brief attendees on my officers' activities and we discussed ways that we can all play our part in the medium to long term to solve the issues raised. Check out @gprhymney on Twitter to see the activities of your Neighbourhood team.

Bargoed Ward - officers are continuing to deal with parking in the town and we are working with the local authority to improve the layout. Great work by PCs Tom Brookes and Emma Luff who together seized 25 Cannabis plants from an address in Gelligaer. Photos of the seizure on Twitter page @gpbargoed

Ystrad Mynach Ward - a meeting was held at Ystrad Mynach Police Station at the request of Hefin David AM and Wayne David MP to discuss the concerns of local business leaders regarding ASB and criminal damage.

Due to the wrong message being posted on Facebook a number of residents also attended. I again apologise to those of you who were not able to join the meeting as there simply was not enough room. As a result, a public meeting is being arranged by Hefin David which I have agreed to attend to discuss the resident’s concerns.

It is vital to establish a collaborative approach as well as the enforcement activity which has included a number of arrests and the issuing of dispersal notices.

You can keep up to date by following the Neighbourhood Team on Twitter @gpystradmynach

Before I sign off, I would draw your attention to the White Ribbon Campaign’s message that domestic abuse is not acceptable and that we all have a role to play in recognising and taking a stand against it. For further information about the Campaign and to make your own pledge of support visit

Thank-you for taking the time to read this month’s blog and 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' 

Inspector Andy O'Keefe