A Gwent Police crackdown on youth antisocial behaviour in Newport City Centre has seen a 44 per cent fall in reported offences.
Operation Jackal launched in an effort to stop and deter large groups of youths from causing disorderly and disruptive behaviour in public places - with the aim of making the City Centre a safer place for all to enjoy.
During the months of December, January and February, there were 127 fewer reported instances of antisocial behaviour in Stow Hill, compared to the previous year. That is equivalent to a 44 per cent reduction in antisocial behaviour.
Officers from the Newport City Centre policing team carried out regular high visibility foot patrols throughout the area, speaking to groups of youths about their behaviour, issuing dispersal notices and carrying out searches where appropriate.
PC Lewis Clarke, Operation Jackal lead, said: "We are delighted with these figures so far, but we accept there is a lot more to do. The Operation will continue throughout the summer months."
Insp John Davies added: "There is a huge amount of work going on in Newport City Centre by a range of partner agencies, in an effort to combat all types of antisocial behaviour."
Anyone with concerns about antisocial behaviour in Newport City Centre should call police on 101. In an emergency, call 999.