Inspector Gavin Clifton

Your latest Blog from your local Inspector, Gavin Clifton, who covers the Bedwas and Caerphilly areas

The past month has been busy and productive for our Section.

First of all PS Andy Elias, our Neighbourhood Sergeant, has moved on to the Fire Crime Unit with South Wales Fire and Rescue Service. We want to thank Andy for his dedication and commitment to the Section over the years, and this new appointment is well deserved.  Andy has already visited us though as part of his new role to attend our local tasking meeting where we explored ways the Fire and Rescue Service can link in with us locally to deal with grass fires and anti-social behaviour amongst other things.  A great start to his new venture and positive step forward for us to tackle these issues.

Andy’s departure left us with an opening so PS Annalea Carey (pictured) has now joined us.  Annalea arrived from the Neighbourhood Team in Blaenau Gwent.  She brings with her loads of experience and bags of energy and was really keen to get started!  You will see her out and about, so please stop, and have a chat with her. 

Our Neighbourhood Team is working closely with our Riding Clubs and Farmers to reduce illegal off road driving. As a Force we cannot pursue motorbikes, therefore, we need to think differently.  One of my officers will be leading a social media campaign to promote awareness, and we are asking you, the community, to assist in the identification of bikes and riders. We will then put conditions on the vehicles or seize them. 

We have also executed a number of warrants and arrested people across Bedwas and Caerphilly who are involved in supply of controlled drugs and cultivation of cannabis, they will shortly be going to Court and hopefully I can give you an update next month. This action was as a result of information received from members of the public – please keep it coming! 

The Neighbourhood Enforcement Team (NET) has just arrested and charged a local man with six commercial burglaries and criminal damage in Caerphilly Town Centre, he will soon be appearing at Court.  Again, I will give you an update next month. Great work by the NET, who target those who are causing harm to our community. 

An area of growing concern, are the free runners on Caerphilly Town Centre.  These are a young group of people who get access to roof tops and display their skills by running and jumping from roof to roof.  This is extremely dangerous and should not be encouraged. We will be looking to identify those who are putting their lives at risk and look at ways to divert that creative energy. If you have any names then please make contact with us at Bedwas Neighbourhood Team. 

Enjoy the rest of the month, the weather forecast is looking good!

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You can also email me any policing issues in your community

Inspector Gavin Clifton