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Last Updated: Monday, 14 July, 2003, 16:22 GMT 17:22 UK
Beat officers go on patrol
Beat officers
A beat officer will be appointed to patrol communities
Streets troubled by petty crime and "yob culture" in north Wales are to get an extra bobby on the beat.

North Wales Police say the Dyna Ddigon (That's Enough) campaign will combat crime and make the streets safer.

The scheme to deal with anti-social behaviour problems was announced on Monday on the Maes Barcer estate in Caernarfon - which is in the sixth most deprived ward in Wales.

Police say they want to combat anti-social behaviour "fairly, firmly and creatively".

A spokesperson said they would "not only be intolerant of bad behaviour but will also work with other partner agencies to promote civic pride and respect for individuals and their property."

I hope we are now in a winning position and that things will get better
Cllr Dennis Williams, Caernarfon

Assistant chief constable of North Wales Police, Clive Wolfendale, is spearheading the initiative.

"We know that people don't want town centres to become no-go areas," he said.

"Neither do we want our lay-bys defaced with fast food debris or our benches spoilt by beer cans, syringes and burnt out vehicles.

"We know that public opinion is firmly against the yob culture.

"We have had enough of unthinking, careless and brutish behaviour which is adversely affecting the quality of life in north Wales."

Dyna Ddigon will go live in four areas - the Peblig Ward in Caernarfon, Kinmel Bay, Connah's Quay and finally Caia Park estate in Wrexham - the scene of violent clashes last month.

Caia Park
Caia Park will be the fourth area to be included in the scheme

One police officer will be appointed in each area to carry out a crusade against crime.

Cllr Dennis Williams, who represents the Peblig ward on Caernarfon Town Council said he was pleased with the scheme.

"There is a great need for this, not only on the estate but in the town as well," he said.

He denied that police action had come too late for the ward which has suffered from a spate of anti-social incidents.

Safety fears

Gwynedd council has already appointed a community officer for the Peblig ward and installed a CCTV cameras there as part of a strategy to reduce crime and disorder.

"The police have a hell of a job here - I don't think it's too late.

"I hope we are now in a winning position and that things will get better," he added.

Teenager Sera Jones lives on the estate and says that many of her friends are frightened of walking the streets at night.

"About seven o'clock in the evening, kids become bored and start making mischief and then you feel it's not safe to walk home.

"But I will feel a lot happier that there is a beat officer around - I think it will be a better place to live."

North Wales Police say hope to roll out the scheme to many other parts of north Wales in the longer term.


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