Newport West has experienced another busy but productive month with a number of high profile incidents and operations.
In early May, we ran Operation Absorb, which was a week-long operation which had a different theme for each day. This included working with Trading Standards, Immigration and Fire Business Safety looking at shops and business premises in the Pill area. The day also included the Mobile Police Station providing information on drug supply, anti-social behaviour and assisted with advice on preventative measures.
One of the other days involved executing a number of drug warrants within the section. This proved to be very successful and was really well received by the local communities, providing visibility and a high number of officers in a number of our priority locations.
One of our other days involved working at Pill Docks with a cross section of partner agencies conducting person and vehicle checks. Again another really productive day with a number of traffic offences highlighted, this again showed the real benefit of our multi-agency work.
Our section responded to the report of an attempt robbery at the Post Office on Cardiff Road. As a result of a swift response by a number of our teams, we were able to arrest a local man on suspicion of attempt robbery. We also had great support from the local community following our media release and appeals. This all resulted in us charging a local man with attempt robbery.
You may be aware of the report of suspicious packages at Friars Walk and George Street Bridge. Given the tragic events in Manchester the week before, Newport was basically on lock down and became grid locked. Despite the huge disruption to everyone’s day, the support from the local community and visitors to the City was superb. The day in question was particularly hot and it was great to see members of the public going to ASDA in Pill to buy water and other refreshments for officers on the cordons. Officers also reported business owners supplying them with water. A big thank you and again this highlights the community spirit in Newport.
I reported in my blog last month about the police surgeries being held at Newport City Homes, Bettws Shopping Centre by CSO 176 Stephen Metcalfe-Davies. Just a reminder that this will still be going ahead on Monday 12th June 2107 between 3pm – 4pm. This is a great opportunity for members of the community to discuss issues that they feel are impacting upon them. Other ward surgeries will continue as normal and all dates are shown on our ward page on the Gwent Police website www.gwent.police.uk
Our CSOs have been really busy this month, amongst other things encouraging the communities to sign up to Gwent Now. This is a great way of keeping up to date with all our work in your areas and also enables you to contribute to setting the priorities via ‘Your Voice’.