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South Wales Police have charged an Aberdare man with assault, affray, attempted criminal damage, and possession of a class C drug, following an incident which occurred in Taff Street

Investigation update

We have charged a man with assault, affray, attempted criminal damage, and possession of a class C drug, following an incident which occurred in Taff Street on 1st August, 2019.

Jason Vincent, 48, from Aberdare, appeared before Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates Court today (August 2nd, 2019) and was remanded into custody.

Local Policing Inspector Stephen Daley, said: “I would like to pay tribute to those who stepped in to assist yesterday. I have seen the many comments on social media made by members of the public and whilst I can’t comment on this particular incident while legal proceedings are ongoing, I would like to assure everybody who lives in, works in and visits Pontypridd that this type of behaviour won’t be tolerated.
“In terms of its nature and severity, this is an isolated incident, but we do appreciate that undesirable people who are intimidating and offensive can spoil the town and the park, which is just not acceptable.
“My officers are patrolling the town centre and surrounding areas on a daily basis and they are stopping and searching those who are known to us and anybody who is acting suspiciously. They are confiscating alcohol and seizing drugs in the process.
“We are also instructing people to get out of the town centre using Section 35 powers, and banning individuals altogether from the town and the park with Criminal Behaviour Orders.
“I cannot stress enough the importance of reporting crime and incidents of anti-social behaviour as and when they occur. Because of our intensive patrol policy in the town we are often in the right place at the right time, and if we are not, then we are never far away. If people report incidents then we can respond and ensure those responsible face robust action. 
“My priority as the Local Policing Inspector is to ensure Pontypridd is a place where every law abiding citizen can enjoy. Those who travel into the town to drink alcohol or take drugs won’t be tolerated – they must not feel welcome, and we will continue to do everything that we can with our partners to ensure that message is well and truly heard and understood.”