MORE THAN 50 youths have been warned about anti-social behaviour and underage drinking in Ebbw Vale in two months.

Gwent Police has stepped up patrols by the neighbourhood policing team in the area targeting hotspots including Glyncoed playground, Eugene Cross Park and Victoria by the ‘dragon’ monument where youths aged between 12 and 17 gather to drink on the weekends.

As a result of the increased police presence, more than 50 youths have been stopped and spoken to about their behaviour, had alcohol confiscated and ten anti-social behaviour referrals have been submitted.

A local off-licence has also been issued with a fixed penalty ticket for the underage sale of alcohol and referred to trading standards.

Ebbw Vale neighbourhood team sergeant Matt Briggs said: “We will continue our proactive patrols, particularly concentrating on areas that residents have highlighted are of most concern to them. The team will now continue to focus on the area to build on the excellent work already undertaken.”

The next Pact meeting takes place at The Info Shop, Queensway, Garnlydan, at 6.30pm, on May 31.