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In January, Abergavenny officers had a helping hand to tackle crime in the town centre in the shape of two pupils from Ysgol Gymraeg Y Fenni.
Catching Billy the Burglar

Catching Billy the Burglar

Holly Thomas aged 10 and Mari Jones aged 5 had won the chance to become Deputy Gwent Police Officers for the afternoon by designing winning crime prevention posters for Halloween and Bonfire Night.

The two school pupils were given a briefing and were told they would be looking out for a known criminal ‘Billy the Burglar’ who had recently stolen a camcorder. The two newest recruits quickly tracked Billy down and arrested him. They took his fingerprints and locked him up in a cell.

Mari (left) and Holly (right) in the police officer uniforms

Mari (left) and Holly (right) in the police officer uniforms

Police Sergeant Jon Williams who is responsible for the Neighbourhood Team in Abergavenny said;
‘We’d like to thank Holly and Mari for their excellent crime prevention posters which we advertised throughout Abergavenny.
‘Youth interaction is very important to us and we aim to build relationships with young people of all ages as part of our Youth Liaison Scheme.
‘Thanks also to Ysgol Gymraeg Y Fenni for taking part in the competition and allowing their pupils to come along and join us for the afternoon. We hope the girls enjoyed their time with us!’

Holly and Mari said, Winning the competition was really good, we enjoyed catching the robber and had fun.’
Mrs Williams who’s a teaching assistant at Ysgol Gymraeg Y Fenni said ‘This was a fabulous opportunity for the children and I enjoyed myself too!’

Article by Gwent Police

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