Inspector Nigel Lewis

Your latest Blog from your local Inspector, Nigel Lewis who covers the central Newport area

Hello and welcome to my June Blog letting you know what we have been doing in the City over the past two months.

The City centre Priorities remain as:

  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Begging
  • Night-time economy

Over the past few weeks, you will have seen the Twitter feeds from myself and @nptcentral officers asking you to complete the neighbourhood priorities survey. The responses are being collated and your chosen priorities will be published as soon as I get them.

We have run a number of crime operations during the month of June from Operation Jigsaw, where officers from Newport central assisted our Modern Day Slavery team at the train station utilising a police dog and handler specifically targeting potential organised criminality and county lines. Detective Sergeant Mandi Venn, Head of the Modern Day Slavery and the Human Trafficking Coordination Team within Gwent Police explains: "It is by no exception that rail networks are used to convey Class A drugs into and out of Gwent.

"Today's operation was conducted to primarily check on the welfare of individuals identified by the operation and to identify any criminality relating to Modern Day Slavery. The aim is to safeguard individuals should any disclosures be made. Today, we provided a heavy police presence as a reminder to individuals that we are watching them. We also arrested a woman from the Chepstow area on suspicion of possession of controlled drugs - she is currently in police custody. We will now continue with these operations as part of Operation Jigsaw - as we tackle Serious and Organised Crime in Gwent

Our local operation ‘OP RAPTOR’ ran in the first week of June and involved 30 officers concentrating on areas of concern for the city centre. The operation ran from 1500hrs – 0000hrs on the 1st and involved 30 officers from across the LPA.

Summary of activity:

19 x Stop Searches

24 x alcohol seizures within PSPO area

2 x seizure of off road bikes

1 x VDRS issued

1 x Emergency OOH drugs warrant– one in custody and 9 rocks of crack cocaine recovered

1 x modern day slavery arrest (one female victim also located and currently at Newport Central awaiting interpreter)

2 x arrest for public order

1 x arrest for No Bail Warrant

The patrol plan included overt foot patrols of all ASB / crime hotspots listed by each section with a high visibility presence in each area at several intervals throughout the evening. This was well received by the communities and acted as a successful deterrent and disruption tactic. Great work by all involved.

I would like to thank the community for their assistance and feedback regarding this operation and it will be a continuing theme for us.

Officers are tasked on foot patrol at every opportunity on the city centre. Please do not be afraid to approach them, have a chat and speak with them regarding your concerns. We will do our utmost to address them where we can.

Finally, Newport City Council will take over civil enforcement of parking as of the 1st of July. I have agreed to assist in a short handover process with my CSOs to ensure a smooth transition.

Thank you for reading.

For daily updates, follow me on @GPInspLewis and my team on Twitter @gpnptcentral

You can also email me any policing issues in your community

Inspector Nigel Lewis