Afan Forest Park gets dedicated police officer

Special Constable will patrol mountain bike trails and car park

A Special Police Constable has been appointed to patrol Afan Forest Park in South Wales.

Phil Wall has the same powers as regular officers and will work alongside forest crime officer PC Andrew Scourfield, park rangers and Forestry Commission staff to prevent and detect crime at the popular trail centre.

He will be based at the Afan Argoed visitor centre (start of the Penhydd and The Wall trails) and will patrol the car parks, cycleways and tracks.

A spokesperson for AfanValleyForest told BikeRadar: “The benefits for cyclists will be a safer environment as a result of extra patrols in the area. Special Constable Phil Wall will be out on the trails and patrolling car parks, giving visitors advice on how to keep their property safe.”

Forestry Commission district manager Dai Jones said: “This is a unique area, with thousands of people visiting every year to enjoy the great walks and mountain biking. It is reassuring for these visitors that there is a police presence within the forest park.”

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