WHAT THE PO­LICE SAY ....

Western Mail - - AGENDA -

LO­CAL Polic­ing In­spec­tor Melanie Knight said drug-re­lated ac­tiv­ity is no more preva­lent there than in any other com­mu­ni­ties. She said anti-so­cial be­hav­iour among young peo­ple is a sig­nif­i­cant prob­lem, how­ever, as it is in many es­tates.

She said that their neigh­bour­hood polic­ing team con­tin­ued to do a lot work in the es­tate to build con­fi­dence and trust.

“It is dis­ap­point­ing to hear that there is the per­cep­tion that there is a lack of po­lice pres­ence be­cause the es­tate is reg­u­larly pa­trolled,” she said.

“We have PACT meet­ings where res­i­dents can tell us their con­cerns. We also try to at­tend com­mu­nity groups. We try to make our­selves vis­i­ble and en­cour­age re­port­ing.”

The in­spec­tor said it was im­por­tant they give res­i­dents the con­fi­dence that, if they re­port some­thing, they will lis­ten and take ac­tion and cites an in­ci­dent in De­cem­ber that re­sulted in a drugs war­rant be­ing ex­e­cuted and two peo­ple ar­rested. A large quan­tity of cannabis and cash were seized.

South Wales Po­lice has a ded­i­cated beat man­ager and PCSOs for Wild­mill, whose job is to go into the com­mu­nity and en­gage with as many groups as pos­si­ble to en­cour­age re­port­ing.

Det Insp Dean Tay­lor, who is re­spon­si­ble for or­gan­ised crime and in­tel­li­gence in Brid­gend, said there were covert of­fi­cers op­er­at­ing in Wild­mill.

He said: “We are car­ry­ing out proac­tive work in that area. We had Op­er­a­tion Avalanche to tackle drug sup­ply in Brid­gend and, as a re­sult of it, there were 44 ar­rests for drug-re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties.

“Some of these were in the Wild­mill area.

“We do not want drugs in this area – we want to make sure Brid­gend is a safe place and con­tin­ues to be the safe place it is.”

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