PACT – Old St. Mellons & Llanrumney

PACT (Partnership and Communities Together)  meetings take place throughout Cardiff. Policing priorities are set in response to the needs of communities and then monitored to assess the situation. There are also PACT surgeries held in conjunction with the local councillors to listen to the concerns of residents.

This week has seen PACT meetings take place in both Old St. Mellons and Llanrumney.

Old. St. Mellons – read an account of the meeting by Ed Walker from Your Cardiff site here  – “Motorcycle annoyance blighting Old St. Mellons” at Old St Mellons PACT meeting:http://bit.ly/9zlqWH

Llanrumney – this is a blogpost which I originally wrote for Your Cardiff site here  “Anti-social behaviour falls sharply in Llanrumney” – http://bit.ly/cmPMPN

Anti-social behaviour falls dramatically in Llanrumney

PC Irwin flanked by PCSO Leigh Newman and a Special Constable addressed the meeting of 21 Llanrumney residents, chaired by independent PACT chair Denise Wong.

Between 11th May and 6th July 2010 there were 26 anti-social behaviour reports compared to 102 in the same period the previous year in Llanrumney. Reported crime was also down:  during the same period there were 171 incidents of reported crime compared to 216 last year. Llanrumney library was quoted as evidence of this success as reported incidents of anti-social behaviour have dramatically fallen there with close work between the police and council staff.

Llanrumney Library - a model of community co-operation in practice. Photo: KP Jones

PC Irwin stated: “This is due to the effectiveness of partnership organisations working well together. Council housing teams, anti-social behaviour teams and the police are working in co-ordination to tackle community issues.”

Under-age drinking and associated problems around the Countisbury Avenue shops were discussed. Residents were keen to stress that this remained an ongoing problem. PCSO Newman responded that they needed to be told of specific examples of under-age drinking in order to be permitted to gather evidence over the summer months using test purchases.

Residents from Ilchester Road acknowledged that police action from previous PACT meetings had resulted in a clear up of anti-social behaviour in their street.

PC Irwin put out an appeal for any information from the public relating to:

dangerous dogs

motorcycle annoyance

and the sale of alcohol to underage youths

He asked people to contact him at Rumney Police Station on 02920 774729 or by e-mail on richard.irwin@south-wales.pnn.police.uk

PCSO Leigh Newman also showed residents the Blackberries that officers had been given, which ensure they can spend longer on the streets of Llanrumney working amidst the community.

Future priorities identified included a continued focus on tackling anti-social behaviour issues at the Countisbury Shops, parking issues in Ridgeway Road and car crime in Kennerleigh Road.

The next meeting will be on 7th September 2010 in St. Dyfrigs Hall, Countisbury Avenue.

Keith Phillip Jones
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