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Police and partners run Nightsafe operation in Carmarthenshire towns

Police and those involved in the night time economy worked on a joint operation this weekend to make our towns safer places at night.

Operation Nightsafe was run on Saturday 24th November in both Carmarthen and Ammanford.  

This wide-reaching operation targeted drink driving, anti-social behaviour and drink-related crime.

“In both Ammanford and Carmarthen we held public briefings with our key stakeholders in the night-time economy,” said Inspector Eric Evans who oversaw the operation. “These included local licensees, taxi drivers, fast food outlets, street pastors and SIA door staff.

“We also invited local councillors to the briefings. At Ammanford, for example, the leader of Carmarthenshire County Council, Councillor Kevin Madge, came along and even accompanied patrolling officers.

“And it was an overall success.

“In the first phase of the operation in Ammanford we executed two drugs warrants in the town. This led to two people being arrested, one on suspicion of possessing Meow Meow with intent to supply and one for possession of cannabis.

“The second phase of the operation focused on alcohol related disorder and officers targeted problematic individuals. An Itemiser operation was also conducted and officers targeted individuals at local pubs.

“Results for this part of the operation included four arrests for possession of controlled drugs.

“In Carmarthen our officers were specifically tasked to identify problematic individuals at an early stage so we could reduce the risk of alcohol related disorder later on in the evening. They then went out on patrol in specific hotspot areas.

“A total of nine Section 27 ‘Direction to Leave’ notices were issued, three people were arrested for being drunk and disorderly, one person was arrested for a public order offence and one for common assault.

“The main purpose of this exercise was team building and maximising the use of Section 27 notices which give us the power to move people out of an area for a specific period of time in order to keep the peace and to prevent people being assaulted.

“These are an effective tool for us, but they succeed far more when we are working in partnership with those directly involved in the night time economy, like licensees and door staff.”