Police and officials from Caerphilly County Borough Council are launching a crackdown on booze-related bad behaviour during this year’s Six Nations.
The two organisations, who are both members of the Safer Caerphilly Community Safety Partnership, will be working together to tackle a range of issues over the coming weeks.
Officers are contacting all licensees in the area ahead of the first match on Saturday February 6, when Wales face England, to remind them of their role in serving alcohol responsibly.
Licensees are also being encouraged to check that CCTV systems are working.
During the rugby tournament, police and trading standards will be visiting pubs and clubs across the county borough to ensure door staff are SIA (Security Industry Authority) approved and that premises are safe and sticking to licensing conditions.
Local officers, together with the council’s Community Safety Wardens will also be providing an increased presence in the town centres to deter any crime and disorder on match days.
In Blackwood town centre the wardens and police will be joined by the Street Pastors, a group of volunteers who offer care and support on Friday and Saturday nights.
A triage centre will be opened in Blackwood Market Place to provide care for those who are
injured or drunk and will be manned by St John Ambulance and medics.
It will be open from 9.30pm until 2am on Saturday February 6, Friday 26, and Saturday March 20.
Inspector Alan Webber, from Gwent Police, said: “We want people to enjoy the Six Nations, but to act responsibly when they are out in local pubs and clubs.
The majority of people do, and we are working with our partners and the licensing trade to prevent those individuals who drink too much, from going on to cause disorder in our town centres.”