To in­fil­trate com­mu­ni­ties’

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views -

ens to dis­rupt the sta­bil­ity of the area which can have dis­as­trous con­se­quences.

“Our num­ber one pri­or­ity is to pro­tect vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple and this in­cludes the chil­dren and the vul­ner­a­ble adults who are ruth­lessly ex­ploited by these gangs to do their dirty work.

“Some­one may be vul­ner­a­ble to ex­ploita­tion by or­gan­ised crime groups for a num­ber of rea­sons, but in­vari­ably there is a power im­bal­ance. Fac­tors in­clude age, gen­der, cog­ni­tive abil­ity, or so­cial iso­la­tion.

“We will con­tinue to work with our part­ners to tackle this prob­lem and to pre­vent what is a very real threat from tak­ing hold, but com­mu­ni­ties are our eyes and ears and they must shoul­der some re­spon­si­bil­ity. We rely on the pub­lic to re­port sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour and to act on their in­stincts, just as the 14-year-old boy’s mum did in the ex­am­ple we’ve given.”

Vale of Glam­or­gan MP Alun Cairns added: “I want to pay trib­ute to South Wales Po­lice for their un­fal­ter­ing effort in tack­ling the sale of drugs. This is a first class ex­am­ple of where the po­lice have been proac­tive in keeping the com­mu­nity safe.

“Late last year I joined lo­cal po­lice of­fi­cers for a night shift in Barry. Fol­low­ing this ex­pe­ri­ence, my al­ready deep-rooted re­spect and grat­i­tude to the po­lice for their work was height­ened fur­ther still, as I can­not over­state how hard they work to pro­tect us.”

Any­body who sus­pects drug deal­ing in their com­mu­nity is urged to con­tact po­lice on 101 im­me­di­ately or they can con­tact Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555 111.

Any­body con­cerned about drug abuse can con­tact the free and con­fi­den­tial Dan 24/7 Helpline 0808 8082234, visit http://www.dan247. org.uk/ or text DAN to 81066.

Kieran Carolan, from Birm­ing­ham, was jailed for three-and-a-half years

By­ron Facey Gor­don, from Lon­don, was jailed five years and eight months

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