Your latest Blog from your local Inspector, Nigel Lewis who covers the central Newport area
Hello and welcome to my blog, letting you know what we have been doing in the City over the past few months. As we head from October to November, here is a round up of our activity.
The city centre priorities remain as below…
• Anti-social behaviour
• Night-time economy
The St Pauls walk area has been a hot-spot for anti-social behaviour for a while. Through targeted patrols and intelligence provided by the help of the public. We have reduced anti-social behaviour dramatically in this area.
As a result, in partnership we were able to hold a family fun day in this area. This would not have been possible, previously, without the help of our partners and proves that we must work continue to work together.
Police and the new community safety wardens are now imbedded and work with each other in partnership to ensure the correct areas are targeted and we do not waste valuable time and resources.
Four new CSOs have been having an impact on visibility and engagement on the city centre including the below events:
• Crime prevention talk with Age Cymru group, women over 50 years regarding cold callers and/or rouge traders.
• Knife crime input with teenagers at ITCECH
• Urban Circle Music Festival at Tredegar Park
• Two Police Surgeries – Friars Walk and Riverfront Theatre.
• Input at Mental Health Theatre Class – Inside out Cymru at Riverfront Theatre
There have had a recent spate of commercial property break-ins.
Accessing the premises has been via very crude mechanism; smashing doors or windows and entering to steal items.
A 45-year-old man from Newport was sentenced at Newport Magistrates Court on the 11th September 2019 after he pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary and theft. He was found guilty and sentenced to 10 months in prison.
Please continue to be vigilant in your security measures of your business premises.
Officers are tasked out on foot patrol at every opportunity on the city centre. Please approach them, have a chat and speak with them regarding your concerns. We will do our utmost to address them where we can.
Halloween and Bonfire Night some of the busiest periods for the emergency services. Please enjoy the activities held by partners across Newport, but also respect those who do not wish to participate and their privacy. Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated during this period and will be dealt with by my team across the city centre and indeed by colleagues across Newport.
Thank you for reading.