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Operation Emboss 2 - Tackling bus crime in Bettws

South Wales Police operation to tackle anti-social behaviour on First Cymru buses in Bettws, Bridgend.

Date: Tuesday 26th April 2006

South Wales Police have carried out an operation to tackle anti social behaviour on First Cymru Bus Services, in the Betws Road area of Betws, Bridgend. The operation named Emboss 2 coincided with the re-introduction of the Betws evening bus service, which was previously withdrawn due to incidents of anti social behaviour.

The operation involved Neighbourhood Beat Officers, and Police Community Support Officers engaging in high visibility foot patrols along Betws Road, along with officers stopping buses to talk with drivers. The foot patrols along with communication with drivers has provided the public with reassurance, and provides a focus on identifying any persons who act in an anti social manner.

Divisional Commander Superintendent Tim Jones stated "Anti social behaviour on or towards the buses will not be tolerated. The bus service is of significant importance to our communities, and both passengers and bus staff must be free from intimidation from loutish behaviour".

Superintendent Tim Jones continues "The police will continue to work in partnership with First Cymru to tackle any incidents of anti social behaviour. The high visibility foot patrols provide a reassuring face to bus drivers and passengers, and will help to maintain bus services in all areas that they are needed".

Other measures that will continue to be used to tackle anti social behaviour in the Betws Road area include alcohol confiscation, visits to licensed premises, parental visits, ASBO referrals, and arrests for public order offences as necessary.

During the operation there was just one minor incident of anti social behaviour where a ball was kicked at a bus, that caused no damage.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Chris Truscott stated "The operation also had a significant impact on anti social behaviour throughout Betws, with very few incidents being reported."

South Wales Police urges community members with any information on anti social behaviour on the Betws Bus Service to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, or to contact Bridgend Police Station on 01656 655555.

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