SOUTH Wales Police has seen an increase in reports of antisocial behaviour in some areas across south Wales following the actions of those who have used the recent good weather and easing of Coronavirus restrictions as an excuse to ignore the Government legislation and guidance.
Chief Superintendent Andy Valentine said: “Such behaviour has a detrimental impact on the wider community and anti-social behaviour or criminality will not be tolerated.
“Our officers are responding to these incidents and are using the powers available to them, including dispersal orders and enforcement action, however with more than 100 miles of coastline, parks, towns and city centres, it is extremely challenging and we cannot be everywhere all of the time.
“Existing demand from all other crimes and daily business does not go away while we deal with these incidents, and those committing ASB and other criminality risk keeping us away from those who need us most.
“We will work tirelessly to uphold the law, but we cannot do this alone. Personal responsibility is crucial as civil restrictions ease.
“Those gathering in large numbers and engaging in anti-social behaviour will know that their actions are irresponsible.
“To the parents or guardians of young people, I would ask you to ensure that you know where their children are and what they are doing. The kind of behaviour we’ve seen by some young people in recent days is unacceptable at any time.
“Communities can expect to see an increased police presence in some areas and those found to be breaking the law through anti-social or violent behaviour will be dealt with robustly.
“We are also working closely with a number of agencies, including Welsh Government and local authorities as a strong partnership approach is crucial if we are to keep our communities safe and ensure public’s quality of life is not negatively impacted by the selfish actions of a minority.”