Pontypool RFC call for action on yobs

South Wales Argus: CALL: Pontypool RFC corporate director Ben Jeffreys CALL: Pontypool RFC corporate director Ben Jeffreys

PONTYPOOL RFC’S corporate director has called for help to deal with vandalism and anti-social behaviour plaguing Pontypool Park, including arson attacks and graffiti on the club stand and needles on the pitch.

The issue has disgusted club officials and volunteers for years with screwdrivers, nails and knife blades found sticking out of the try line in November 2012, and broken bottles driven into the field with sharp shards pointing upwards.

But problems continue to dog the historic club, with occurrences said to be rife on a weekly basis, and now Ben Jeffreys – one of the major factors behind Pooler’s resurgence from the brink of extinction – has called for action.

He said: “We are a constant target for arson attacks, drug use and general anti-social behaviour.

“The last fire left a 15-foot charred patch of damage to the stand. It had the potential to be quite serious.”

Human faeces and smashed-up seats have also been discovered in the past, while volunteers have to sweep the pitch before every home game to ensure it is safe for the players.

“They always find drug paraphernalia and other things,” added Mr Jeffreys.

A 24-hour dispersal order was applied to the Pontypool Civic Centre car parks off Glantorfaen Road on December 19, including the top floor of the Tesco overflow car park, following increasing incidents of youth disturbance.

It will provide police officers and community support officers with the powers to direct any groups of two or more people, or vehicles, to leave the specified area until Friday June 13, 2014.

Mr Jeffreys said: “We would welcome any initiative of that nature being rolled out at Pontypool Park.”

Pontypool crime and disorder reduction officer PC Andy Cleaton said the situation would have to be looked at.

“We can only apply for new dispersal orders where there is evidence of persistent anti-social behaviour an area,” he said.

“We always judge each situation as it arises and not just jump into using an order. We initially look at other methods, such as identifying the individuals, providing diversionary activities as well as provide general education about the affects of anti-social behaviour.

“Unfortunately, it’s not a one size fits all approach, but work is always on-going with the help of the neighbourhood teams to reduce anti-social behaviour in Torfaen.”

To contact Pontypool Neighbourhood Policing Team about incidents of anti-social behaviour at Pontypool Park, call 01495 232450.

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3:07pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Abertillery29 says...

The comments from the police officer are unhelpful to say the least. If this has been going on for as long as the rugby club says then it is about time the police did something instead of relying on namby pamby dispersal orders which still need officers to enforce them - but that might mean them getting out of their nice warm offices and cars!!!
The comments from the police officer are unhelpful to say the least. If this has been going on for as long as the rugby club says then it is about time the police did something instead of relying on namby pamby dispersal orders which still need officers to enforce them - but that might mean them getting out of their nice warm offices and cars!!! Abertillery29

3:20pm Wed 8 Jan 14

paddyparry says...

This seems to be a problem with policing generally. The force evidently has insufficient resources to police every area effectively and therefore rely on occasional high-profile bursts of activity. You would think that a known problem area would have effective policing but how do you police a public park? You can't put a blanket ban on people and you can't close it effectively.
This seems to be a problem with policing generally. The force evidently has insufficient resources to police every area effectively and therefore rely on occasional high-profile bursts of activity. You would think that a known problem area would have effective policing but how do you police a public park? You can't put a blanket ban on people and you can't close it effectively. paddyparry

3:35pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Abertillery29 says...

I think Gwent Constabulary need to re think their ways of policing. Bring back pro active instead of re active policing. I agree with what paddyparry says but enough is enough and action is needed before anyone is badly injured or affected by drug debris or the persons are effective in burning down the stand.
I think Gwent Constabulary need to re think their ways of policing. Bring back pro active instead of re active policing. I agree with what paddyparry says but enough is enough and action is needed before anyone is badly injured or affected by drug debris or the persons are effective in burning down the stand. Abertillery29

4:22pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Calon_Lan says...

As Pontypool Park is an open arena surely someone is seeing the actions of these yobs?
There is only one answer to this put up some security cameras and security lights - you need a net to catch the rubbish.
As Pontypool Park is an open arena surely someone is seeing the actions of these yobs? There is only one answer to this put up some security cameras and security lights - you need a net to catch the rubbish. Calon_Lan

4:36pm Wed 8 Jan 14

whatintheworld says...

"A 24-hour dispersal order was applied to the Pontypool Civic Centre car parks off Glantorfaen Road on December 19, including the top floor of the Tesco overflow car park, following increasing incidents of youth disturbance."

REALISE THAT THIS IS BECAUSE THE CARPARK IS RIGHT NEXT TO THE CIVIC BUILDING

leaving needles and broken glass in the hope that someone might step on it should be a criminal offense. sort it out!
"A 24-hour dispersal order was applied to the Pontypool Civic Centre car parks off Glantorfaen Road on December 19, including the top floor of the Tesco overflow car park, following increasing incidents of youth disturbance." REALISE THAT THIS IS BECAUSE THE CARPARK IS RIGHT NEXT TO THE CIVIC BUILDING leaving needles and broken glass in the hope that someone might step on it should be a criminal offense. sort it out! whatintheworld

4:57pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Rogers48 says...

Lets just birch the buggers full stop - afraid to tell all readers that in the nearby leisure centre there is a infants playgroup, so its not only Pontypool RFC players at risk, its little ones as well.

So, lets forget political correctness and bring back public humiliation and birching for these criminals - our bobbies could be equipped with both tazers and whips to deal with these louts, on top of the trusted truncheon - its the only language many understand, and as such, we should use it!
Lets just birch the buggers full stop - afraid to tell all readers that in the nearby leisure centre there is a infants playgroup, so its not only Pontypool RFC players at risk, its little ones as well. So, lets forget political correctness and bring back public humiliation and birching for these criminals - our bobbies could be equipped with both tazers and whips to deal with these louts, on top of the trusted truncheon - its the only language many understand, and as such, we should use it! Rogers48

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