South East Wales

Police crackdown on Cardiff parks crime

Police officers in Cardiff are going undercover to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in parks.

The month-long targeted operation will try to deter offences like mobile phone theft.

The Cardiff neighbourhood team will patrol on bikes and in plain clothes in Alexandra Gardens, Gorsedd Gardens, and Bute Park every Saturday.

Police community support officers (PCSOs) and youth workers will also give crime prevention advice.

Any young people found drinking during the operation between 1300 and 2100 BST will have their alcohol seized and their parents will be contacted.

PCSOs will also be conducting a questionnaire in the parks to measure public confidence.

The operation is a repeat of one carried out during the last two summers and is run in conjunction with the council's Grass Roots project.

South Wales Police said in the 2010 operation 14 arrests were made, and in 2009 the number of robberies were dramatically reduced.

Neighbourhood Policing Team Sgt Karen McNeil said: "Cardiff city centre is fortunate to have beautiful park lands which are rightly enjoyed by people of all ages particularly at this time of year.

"Unfortunately during the nice weather the parks can attract underage drinkers who are vulnerable to harm due to their drunken state and can also often contribute to anti-social behaviour.

"The team will be carrying out regular patrols in the parks to ensure everyone has a safe and peaceful summer."

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