Friday, May 19, 2006


Labour campaigners praise Aberavon crime crackdown

News that crime is on the decrease in the old Aberavon area of Port Talbot has been warmly welcomed by local labour Party members. However, following news of a brutal attack on a local shopkeeper which left him with a fractured arm, they have urged that more needs to be done to maintain the progress that has been made.

Operation Wizard, which in April 2006, reduced the number of house burglaries in the ward to zero, other burglaries by 67% and violent crime by 80% has been hailed as a great success by Aberavon Ward Labour spokesman, and local resident, Arthur Howells.

Arthur said,

“Crime and anti-social behaviour is, by far, the number one issue for the people of Aberavon. The statistic that our particular area suffers from 10% of all the crime in Neath Port Talbot was in one sense shocking – but for those of us who live here, it seemed to be quite a reasonable estimate.”

“Labour members in Aberavon have long been campaigning for more police officers on the beat out and about in the community. The results of Operation Wizard show the massive difference that a highly visible police presence can make.”

“There are a number of schemes being put in place by the local authority, the police and others, not least the Housing Renewal Area, which are beginning to make a long term improvement in the fortunes of Aberavon a reality. There is a real sense of community spirit re-establishing itself in the area.”

“The horrific attack on the owner of Bargain Booze shows, though, that we cannot rest on our laurels. No-one ever pretended that tackling the issue of crime and disorder head on was going to be easy but we are pleased to see everyone working together to create a proper and sustainable solution to the problems that the people of Aberavon are suffering on a daily basis."

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