Inspector Richard Blakemore

Your latest Blog from your local Inspector, Richard Blakemore, who covers the Pill and Bettws area

The Newport West policing team have been focussing on the ‘Your Voice’ priorities relating to each ward area for several weeks now. The local Community Support Officers (CSOs) have been carrying out patrols in the areas highlighted and regularly update your Councillors for the ward.

A final summary for each ward priority will be available from the CSOs at their local surgeries, however you can see what has been happening in relation to these activities by monitoring our local twitter account @gppill and @gpbettws, the Gwent police website and the Gwent Police Facebook Account.

For those of you who do embrace social media there really are some great tweets emanating from the team accounts. Whilst operational updates are the norm in this forum, it was lovely to see a tweet from one of the team thanking a kind member of the public for a card and flowers that had been left on a patrol vehicle with some very warm words. Thank you to the author.

One of the highlights throughout this period has been the continued good work and development of the Shaftsbury ‘Youf’ gang. This group of young people are making a really positive difference within Shaftsbury ward and their good work was recently highlighted on the ITV Wales news. I am sure that this type of project has made a real contribution to the reduction in anti-social behaviour across Newport West by 10% compared to last year.

As we move into Spring, with the warmer weather it is fair to say that we will experience a seasonal change and trend in criminality.

Unfortunately people tend to consume larger quantities of alcohol when BBQ season arrives. This is a fantastic social event, however I would ask that alcohol is not supplied to young people under age and those over age drink responsibly. Youth related anti-social behaviour escalates with the consumption of alcohol, which in turn may contribute to an increase in criminal damage.

Unfortunately we have already seen an increase in grass fires and fire setting within Newport West. These deliberate acts are incredibly reckless and cause great distress and damage to our communities and the environment. Again I would urge everyone to report any activity which could see this as a consequence.

You may have also seen on the regional news, a proactive operation tackling the supply of controlled drugs across the City. Many of the arrests and subsequent house searches related to the drug supply issue in Pill ward. I would like to reassure all the residents of Pill that these operations will continue, so that we can work with partners to make Pill a safer place to live, work and visit. There is a real impetus now to keep up the pace of activity in Pill. We will shortly see the introduction of the Public Space Protection Order within the ward which will empower City Wardens and Community Support Officers, as well as Police Officers to issue fixed penalty notices to anyone who breaches the order.

The new cycle of Your Voice questionnaires is now available online and with the ward CSOs. I would encourage everyone to contribute to the survey so that I can be sure that Newport West resources are tackling the issues which matter to you.

Please make every effort to attend the ward surgeries advertised on the Gwent Police Website so that we can continue to work with you and address any concerns you may have.

For daily updates, follow my teams on Twitter @gppill and @gpbettws
You can also email me any policing issues in your community [email protected] 

Inspector Richard Blakemore