The latest crime figures for Penarth do not make good reading for Labour South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael. Not only is crime rising – but the figures are almost incomprehensible, confused and contain data for a Penarth town ward which disappeared in 1999

There was no representative from South Wales Police present when Penarth Town Council met last night under the chairmanship of the Mayor Cllr Ken Rogers to consider – amongst other matters –  the  latest crime figures for the town.

The figures for April 2017 reveal a 12.65 % increase in the number of crimes committed in Penarth compared with the same month in 2016  – whilst the May 2017 figures show an increase of 9.23% in crimes committed –  compared with the same month in 2016.


  • Violence Against a person                             35
  • Other Theft                                                       19
  • Criminal damage                                              17
  • Burglary Residential                                        5
  • Theft from Motor Vehicle                               4
  • Other Drugs Offence                                        3
  • Sexual Offence                                                  2
  • Other Notifiable Offence                                2
  • Drugs Trafficking                                              1
  • Robbery                                                               1

TOTAL  APRIL 2017                                         89


  • Violence Against a person                            23
  • Theft (primarily shoplifting)                       15
  • Burglary other                                                  4
  • Criminal damage                                            10
  • Dwelling Burglary                                            3
  • Drugs Trafficking                                             2
  • Other drugs offence                                         2
  • Robbery                                                              2
  • Theft of motor vehicle                                     1
  • Theft from Motor Vehicle                               2
  • Other Notifiable Offence                                1

TOTAL  CRIMES MAY 2017                         65

The Town Clerk Emma Boylen said the police had informed her that there had been no reports of “rogue traders or distraction burglaries” in the last three months, there had been adjustments to the way in which “Violence Against the Person” offences were categorised and that, under new Home Office rules, shed and garage burglaries were now classified as  “dwelling” burglaries .

Although Penarth Councillors had plenty of questions to put to the police [controlled by local resident and former MP  Alun Michael – Labour’s South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner]   –  no officer had been available to attend the council meeting- but if councillors had any comments, the Town Clerk said they would be passed on to the police.

Cllr Yvonne Murphy (Labour St Augustines)

Cllr Yvonne Murphy (Labour St Augustines) – participating in her first full council meeting-  went straight for the jugular.  She asked the Town Clerk to inquire whether police had any comment on the fact that there had been an increase in crime in Penarth.

Cllr Murphy also wanted to know whether there was a reason that the police report was “out of sync” and quite hard to read?

[PDN Note : Perversely – since last year – the police statistics for Penarth have split the town into 3 rather than 4 Wards – ignoring long established ward boundaries , The statistics also include figures from a mythical  and entirely fictional “Alexandra Ward” – a ward which ceased to exist in the last century. In addition, crime categories are constantly being altered, making it increasingly difficult to compare year-on-year trends].  

Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines) Leader of Penarth Town Council

Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines) Leader of the Council said “Alexandra Ward” was a combination of St Augustine’s and Plymouth Wards  – although he said he was “not interpreting in any way” the data laid before the councillors.

Cllr Mark Wilson (Labour Stanwell)

Cllr Mark Wilson (Labour Stanwell) said he had raised this issue of  “Alexandra Ward” in a previous Community Liaison committee meeting which had been attended by the police.

He said councillors might not believe it – but the reason given for the [ entirely false] categorisation of “Alexandra Ward” was that the police database management software was updated in Canada and it was too expensive to get this altered. South Wales Police, he said, used to break down the figures for the [ mythical] “Alexandra Ward” manually but the police, he said,  “don’t seem to have the resource element to do that any more”.

“Alexandra Ward“, Cllr Wilson said,  had not been an officially-recognised ward of Penarth since 1999.

Cllr Martin Turner (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Martin Turner (Conservative Plymouth Ward) said the category of Domestic Violence seemed to have disappeared [not for the first time] from the police categories for some reason.

Cllr Ben Gray (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Ben Gray (Conservative Plymouth Ward) said he had noticed on the South Wales Police web site that “PACT” meetings [ police and public liaison meetings] had been suspended because of the local elections and the General Election, and were supposed to be being resumed, but no dates for new meetings had been given. Cllr Gray said he understood that individual ward-by-ward PACT meetings might no longer be appropriate,  but he wanted to know when the police would start having PACT meetings in the community again.

In the absence of a police representative at the council meeting, the councillors’ queries and comments will be passed on the South Wales Police for a reply







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  1. Chris David says:

    PTC I suggest you contact Alan Michael direct on this and ask him t address the next PTC meeting. What is the empire building so called crime commissioner doing?

  2. OB says:

    Are the CCTV cameras in Penarth town centre still out of action? Would there be a significant reduction in crime if they were restored to working order?

    • Anne Greagsby says:

      Good question

    • whatsoccurin says:

      If a Town Centre cannot get their clocks to work,I think it is unlikely CCTV will be working-and we have the Festival in a couple of weeks-I have not seen one poster about it-most towns would love to have crime figures that low but I think complacency is the criminals best friend.

  3. Mark Foster says:

    They are not allowed to make the CCTV cameras work because then they would have to show that most of the crimes in Penarth are committed by immigrants.

    • Hamish Munnypenny says:

      You can say anything you want without evidence. I think it’s very sad that you believe your own nonsense, but you obviously don’t require proof.

    • Penileaks says:

      The recent violent gang attacks in various parts of the town are certainly down to visitors from outside this town and whose background does not lie in the UK. I believe that the Police are well aware of who these people are (people in the area of Cardiff from which they live in certainly are and at least some attend one of our local schools I understand), but are possibly ordered from above to not publicise the facts , or to even publicise the events unless members of the public highlight them on platforms such as this site and they are embarrassed into it.
      If the local copper is not available to attend these council or public meetings to answer questions about local police matters, then Mr Michael, as Commissioner of Police in this area, should take his rightful place on the stand and face the questions himself. If he refuses, then why should we pay so much in our Council Taxes on the Police Precept, which has risen by an average of nearly 5.5% per annum over the last 4 years ?
      He and his commission have taken the money and run and just like PACL, will not face anyone to answer legitimate questions and concerns.

  4. Me says:

    How he continues to make a living at the expense of the public is beyond.

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