Last week, Chris Evans MP visited the 1st Abercarn Scouts after hearing about an incident of anti-social behaviour and vandalism targeting their club.
During the visit, Mr Evans heard how Scout Clubs in the area have become the target of vandalism by graffiti and with some being broken into. Mr Evans heard that a local campsite in Newbridge was also targeted. The Scout Club has since installed new security measures to prevent any future vandalism.
Anti-social behaviour is an increasing problem across the country. The Office of National Statistics reported there were 1.8 million reported incidents of anti-social behaviour across England and Wales, in the year ending June 2021.
Mr Evans has frequently highlighted the ongoing issues in his constituency in Parliament, including speaking in a debate during Anti- Social Behaviour Awareness Week in July. Mr Evans has also attended meetings across his constituency, in Blackwood and Newbridge, with market traders, shop owners, local councillors and the police to discuss anti-social behaviour in the community.
Chris Evans MP said
“When I recently met with 1st Abercarn Scouts, I was concerned to hear about the terrible instances of anti-social behaviour and vandalism on the club’s premises.
Anti-social behaviour leaves people feeling unsafe in their own communities. It is vital we tackle these crimes and the root causes of this behaviour.
The Scouts is an organisation I am proud to support. On my visit I was able to see the crucial work they do to encourage children and young people to learn new hobbies and skills and give them a place to go. Both things can make a huge difference in preventing young people from becoming involved in anti-social behaviour.
I urge anyone that has any information of any of the incidents to report them to the South Wales Police.”