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NEW INSPECTOR FOR CARDIFF BAY – SOHAIL ANWAR
LAST UPDATED:
2019-07-26

Inspector Sohail Anwar was recently appointed as the new Local Policing Inspector for Cardiff Bay covering Grangetown and Butetown.

The majority of his 14-year service has been spent in Cardiff and he was proud to become Cardiff Bay Inspector on May 1.

Inspector Anwar said: “There are many positives in this part of Cardiff, it is rich in culture and diversity. The community look after each other and police officers are warmly welcomed to events, into primary schools and at places of worship.

“There are also some very positive diversionary activities such as the Tiger Boy Boxing Club.

“In terms of recorded crime, Cardiff Bay Policing Sector has one of the lowest rates of violence and burglary for the city.

“But it is the visible drug dealing and taking that is causing concern for us and the community.

“We are working hard every day to tackle the issue. Uniform officers target the street dealers, and our plain clothed Organised Crime Team look at the bigger players.”

 

Chief Constable Matt Jukes on a recent visit to the Tiger Bay Boxing Club.

 

In addition the area is also serviced by response teams, CID detectives, the Op Sceptre knife crime team, and a specialist investigation HUB all contributing to a team approach by South Wales Police.

Some recent successes:

  • Monday, June 24 £25k cash and £3k cocaine seized from flat in Ferry Court after PCSOs detained a man acting suspiciously in Ferry Court. Shakir Khan, 28, arrested and charged with possession with intent to supply drugs, theft of motor vehicle & money laundering.
  • Wednesday, June 19 plain-clothed officers arrested a 19-year-old on Dumballs Road  on suspicion of dealing drugs, he was found with heroin and cash.
  • Wednesday, June 12 Abdirisak Abdillahi arrested Llanbradach Street, Grangetown.
    He pleaded guilty to three offences of supplying Class A drugs and 1 offence of possession with intent to supply and this week was sentenced to four year four months, at Cardiff Crown Court.

However there are challenges.

Around a fifth of all reported incidents of possession of drugs in Cardiff are in Cardiff Bay – 54 since April 1, 2019.

Like many major cities in the UK, County Lines are operating in Cardiff.

In Butetown, there is evidence that drug dealers are employing County Lines tactics for example using ‘look outs’ to identify police presence in the area and recruiting under-17s to carry drugs and money.

This means that officers are particularly reliant on support from local residents to be their eyes and ears in the community.

Inspector Sohail said: “There is an awareness of these tactics locally, and we get information through, but we need more.

“By building intelligence on named individuals we can carry out pre-planned warrants at their addresses.

“We also need families to look out for the signs that their children might be getting involved in such criminality so we can intervene and prevent them going down that path.

“I had a meeting with local councillors recently and there is a real commitment for us all to work together to make improvements.

“One of my priorities is to work together with the hostels on our patch, to break the demand on local policing, in particular how we can better prevent drug related ant-social behaviour, and we support plans for extra daytime provision for those who are vulnerable through drug or alcohol dependencies.”

 

Inspector Anwar and local councillors – working together to tackle local issues.

Information about suspected drug dealers can be online via this website:

https://digitalservices.south-wales.police.uk/en/online-crime-reporting/

or anonymously via Crimestoppers

https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information

Always ring 999 in an emergency of if a crime is in progress.