Inspector Gavin Clifton

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

August has been another busy summer month for the Caerphilly and Bedwas section. It was great to see the children of all ages enjoying the park facilities next to Bedwas Police Station. Summer time was truly on full display, with the schools, colleges and universities being off for the summer. Unfortunately the weather has not been on our side as it’s been quite a rainy month but that has not dampened the hard work my teams have put in to support and respond to our community needs and concerns.

We have had a couple of actions days this month to deal with priority offenders and locations. There have been several drugs warrants carried out based on information supplied from you in the community. We worked with other agencies to deal with vehicles offences and seized these from various locations around Caerphilly area. This denied criminals the use of the roads to commit crime and will continue to do this on a regular basis.

The Neighbourhood Team had an action day on Caerphilly Town centre and BTM ward. This was to tackle ‘Your Voice’ issues raised by you. We focussed on parking in both locations and this proved fruitful. Those who were caught with a parking ticket, I offer no apology, as this area of concern is affecting your community, so we reacted and did as you asked.

It was great to see two local councillors from the BTM ward out patrolling with the Neighbourhood teams offering their support in relation to parking. This was eye opening for them and we had a lengthy discussion at Bedwas Police station. It was good to feel the passion they have for their local area and the difference they want to make. Big thanks to Cllr Lisa Phillips and Dai Davies. 

On a personal note, I had a summer wedding to attend in Bedwas. The service was held in St Barrwg Church at the top of Church Street, with the reception at Bedwas Rugby Club. The Bride and Groom are local and day was full of energy, happiness, love and smiles – what a great day!

There were people at the wedding who put the name of courage, friendship, determination and love at the forefront of everything they do. The Groom, who is an ex-serviceman who saw active service with the Welsh Guards, had a group of his comrades at the wedding.  I found myself sitting next to a remarkable couple who I spoke to for a while and they were the Mum and Dad of Lance Corporal Dane Elson, who lost his life at the age of 22 years in Afghanistan, in 2009. A toast was raised to their son and others who did not return and would have been there with his fellow brothers to share the day. Not a dry eye in the house. His dad is a Police officer for South Wales Police.

This made me think of who we had in our community and what sacrifices people make to keep our community and country safe, hence the need to share this experience with you and thank our Servicemen and emergency services for protecting us.

Rugby Season kicks off this weekend and we wish Bedwas and Caerphilly RFC the best of luck for the season.

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You can also email me any policing issues in your community gavin.clifton@gwent.pnn.police.uk

Inspector Gavin Clifton