Parents in Swansea’s Blaenymaes and Penlan have been asked if “they really know” what their children are up to after an increase in anti-social behaviour in the area.
Running alongside operation Lorroco, which is an off-road bikes operation, it follows a huge increase in reports of the activity in the Penderry ward of the city, which encompasses both areas.
Police have also taken to their social media channels in recent days to appeal for help in tracking down a motorcyclist they wish to speak to in connection with anti-social behaviour in Penlan.
Sergeant Steve Pritchard said parents had a role to play in keeping young people safe and behaving themselves.
“We appreciate it is a difficult time for everyone but that is not an excuse for causing issues in our communities.
“We are increasing patrols in key locations but we are asking parents to do their bit in keeping their young people safe and out of trouble.
“The young person’s safety and preventing further issues are a priority and we would like to make it clear – underage drinking, criminal damage, fighting and foul and abusive language is all anti-social behaviour and this will not be tolerated.
“As parents or guardians you do have an important and valued role to play – we would ask you do you really know what your young people are up to?
“If your young person is involved in anti-social behaviour and we contact you, please take this seriously as continued anti-social behaviour or breaches of the Covid-19 legislation, which is in place to keep us all safe, will result in enforcement action being taken.”
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One area where there have been regular issues is Penlan Fach, an open piece of land which is often used by riders of off-road bikes, scrambler bikes and other vehicles.
Following a site meeting with council officers, police, residents and councillors, it was recently agreed that boulders would be installed in front of the land in an attempt to deter people from using it in such a manner.
Aimee Turner is the manager of Pavilion Cafe, which is located within Mynydd Newydd playing fields in Penlan, and she explained how she witnessed the issue every day due to the cafe’s close proximity with a large car park.
She said: “We are situated in a big car park and it all goes on right in front of us. There’s an area of grass in front of us and there are track marks everywhere, they are flicking all the grass up.
“To be honest, it is what it is – it’s Penlan. It has been bad in this area but when it snowed, there were bikes and cars skidding everywhere.
“There’s a couple of older people who walk their dogs around here and you can tell they are a bit put off.
“They come in as a big group. When we are open they come in for food and they are so rough and ready we aren’t going to say anything to them. I would 100% welcome anything to try and make it a calmer sort of area.”
Phil Greenfield, co-ordinator of the Penderry Community Hub, also supported the police activity.
He said: “I think it’s positive. People get concerned about patterns of behaviour in the area when people are running around like this so it’s good to see it happening.”
Discussing the police operation, June Burtonshaw, councillor for the Penderry ward, which covers both Penlan and Blaenymaes, said: “This is something I support, definitely.
“Anti-social behaviour and scrambler bikes is something we’ve seen in the past in Penlan but not in Blaenymaes.
“If children are gathering together they might be alright, but it is what they take back to their own homes which is the worry.”
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