Newport West has welcomed a number of new officers, these included both student probationary constables and officers transferring from other forces. It is great to see some new faces out on patch, eager to learn and protect our communities.
In December we ended our year with a day of action focusing around our 'Mini Police' from Pill Primary School. The theme for the day was crime prevention and together with our partner agencies, local residents and the Mini Police we met at the Pill Mill, where I held a briefing and everyone went out on patrol. We also welcomed our colleagues from the media out with us, who highlighted the positivity in Pill after a challenging 12 months. The coverage clearly showed as one we are working together to tackle issues of concern.
You all will be aware of the incident in Bettws where one of our police vans was extensively damaged by a deliberate act of arson. This caused obvious concerns throughout the area. I am pleased to report that after a thorough and extensive police investigation a man was arrested on suspicion of arson with intent/being reckless as to whether life would be endangered. He was subsequently charged with this offence and was remanded into custody after appearing at Newport Magistrates Court. I hope this sends a clear message that we will continue to investigate issues and ensure the offender/(s) are brought to justice. We also had great support from our community and councillors during this period - so thank you.
Our teams are conducting work with our partner agencies and looking to identify those involved in anti-social behaviour across the West of Newport. If those responsible are identified we will work with our partners including local housing associations to look to evict tenants from their properties.
We have experienced a number of issues with parking in and around the Pill Primary School, St Michaels Junior/Infant School and the Mendalgief Road areas. Those parking in contravention of regulations or in a dangerous place will be subject to a parking fine. Parking in this way can have a real impact on the safety of the community in particular our children.
A big thank you to all the residents who paid their respects to our much loved friend and colleague the one and only 'John Spragg'. The turn-out prior to, during and after the funeral service clearly highlighted the overwhelming respect John held within the communities. He loved Pill and was a loyal servant who simply wanted to help people and make a difference to those he served. RIP Mr Spragg.