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Afan Forest Park gets dedicated police officer
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A Special Police Constable has been appointed to patrol Afan Forest Park in South Wales.

Phil Wall has the same powers as regular officers and will work alongside forest crime officer PC Andrew Scourfield, park rangers and Forestry Commission staff to prevent and detect crime at the popular trail centre.

He will be based at the Afan Argoed visitor centre (start of the Penhydd and The Wall trails) and will patrol the car parks, cycleways and tracks.

A spokesperson for Afan Valley Forest told Sketchymtb: “The benefits for cyclists will be a safer environment as a result of extra patrols in the area. Special Constable Phil Wall will be out on the trails and patrolling car parks, giving visitors advice on how to keep their property safe.�

Forestry Commission district manager Dai Jones said: “This is a unique area, with thousands of people visiting every year to enjoy the great walks and mountain biking. It is reassuring for these visitors that there is a police presence within the forest park.�

Have you been the victim of crime at Afan Forest Park? Do you think the presence of SPC Wall will make a difference?


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It has to be said that there are plenty of local "undesirables" in that area, it's a lot worse than Snowdonia in that respect.  Maybe he'll also shame some of the bikers into not dropping so much litter all over the place too.
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There was police at the campsite when we went, just strolling around saying hello - they where very polite and welcomed by all.  I guess when most riders there has £1k+ bikes and camping equipment up for grabs, it makes sense to have some security of sorts.

Sadly, when you have such a collection of expensive and easily stealable goods you will attract the scumbags - but security should start with the owner of the goods in most cases - dont give anyone an excuse to steal your pride and joy.
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&quot;BMJBOY&quot; Wrote:Sadly, when you have such a collection of expensive and easily stealable goods you will attract the scumbags - but security should start with the owner of the goods in most cases - dont give anyone an excuse to steal your pride and joy.

One of the many reasons I always stay at a B&B with a lockable shed or barn or in the case of the one in Afan, a derelict cottage to keep your bike in overnight...
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Im lucky to have a van - all valuable kit went in there when unattended or overnight - common practice anywhere you go tbh.

Lets hope the police presecence deters would be thieves - but I also hope it doesnt "relax" people into a false sense of security.
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