Inspector Rob Jenkins

Your latest Blog from your local Inspector, Rob Jenkins, who covers the central Newport area

Since my last blog it has been a busy few weeks. April started with the Freedom March on 1st April, to celebrate the 104 Regiment Royal Artillery being presented with the freedom of Newport. The parade was preceded by a Church Service at St Woolos Cathedral. The parade then left Cambrian Road at 12.30pm led by the Royal Artillery Band and I’m pleased to say that the weather held out for the spectators and family members proudly supporting their loved ones. However, unfortunately for those marching and the police and council team supporting, what can only be described as a freak monsoon struck for the last few hundred metres of the parade; needless to say the marching pace increased significantly but it still took a few days for my work Boots to dry out! The event was well managed and the public thoroughly enjoyed the parade, well done to those involved.  

The parade highlighted what a more appealing environment the City Centre is when it is free from vehicles parking unlawfully and causing an unnecessary obstruction. My staff will continue to deal with vehicles that are parked dangerously but it is important that it is everyone’s responsibility to park legally. When I visit the City Centre I park legally, away from residents only parking bays and walk into the City Centre. Alternatively I use one of the many public car parks that are available. I would like to urge businesses in the City Centre to encourage their staff to car share and park responsibly as well as visiting members of the public. I believe that this will in turn help to make Newport City Centre a more appealing place to visit, ultimately helping the local economy.  

On 22nd April, I worked closely with Newport City Council and the Fire Service to complete a mock appraisal for a forthcoming Purple Flag application. The centre of Newport could be recognised as one of the best places for a night out if an application is successful. Purple Flag is a national scheme run by the Association of Town and City Management aiming to improve the image of nightlife across the UK. In excess of 60 Towns and Cities in England and Wales have been awarded Purple Flag status and it is a positive for Newport that the improvements that have been made in recent years have allowed for us to be considered for this award. As I said last month, it is important that we all look after our local environment and portray the right image of Newport and my officers have continued to proactively police the City Centre and take enforcement action against those who are involved in Crime and Anti-social behaviour.  

On 15th April, Community Support Officers Ballard and Woolway responded to a report of a shoplifter in the City Centre. On arrival, they helped the store security guard to calm the offender and then identified further property on him which was likely to have been stolen. Both then assisted officers in locating the shops the property had been stolen from, providing the officer with details, receipts and complaints from all the stores involved. As a result, the offender was charged with one shoplifting offence and asked for 6 further offences to be taken into consideration at Court. Well done to both and good luck to CSO Woolway who has now left the organisation to pursue a new career.  Also leaving Newport Central is PS 265 Coulson who has moved to Caerphilly and PC Revill who has transferred to another force. Good luck all and thanks for all your hard work. 

Well done also to PC Oldham and PC Hiscox who through their hard work have both been able to successfully charge two men with violent disorder and Grievous Bodily Harm on the City Centre for two separate offences. Both will be appearing in Crown Court shortly.

In the forthcoming weeks, my team are looking to conduct a joint operation with Community Safety Wardens in the City Centre, targeting those who cycle dangerously and anti-socially. Please ensure you cycle responsibly and safely at all times. 

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