Newport West has experienced an exceptionally busy past few months but we have had a number of great results as a result of the team's hard work and focus on the issues most affecting our communities.
The section has experienced an increase in car crime over recent months. Our Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) executed a warrant in Pill early in May and recovered a large quantity of mobile phones, sat navs and other electrical equipment. These items are suspected to be connected to recent crime in the area. One male was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods and enquiries are continuing following the arrest and seizure.
A significant part of our role is community engagement. Our Community Support Officers (CSOs) have continued their superb work at community events and activities. Of particular note was their involvement in the Folk Festival in Tredegar Park, The Marshfield Monkey Playgroup, and given the fine weather the team have also been out and about on their mountain bikes in Mon Bank and surrounding areas. All this work provides us with an ideal opportunity to understand the needs of our communities and to put measures in place based on their concerns.
The NPT also executed a drugs warrant in the Maesglas area, which resulted in the seizure of a cannabis cultivation and the arrest of a male. The focus on the Possession with Intent to Supply Drugs continued over the past month or so, in particular in the Pill area. We were aware following concerns from the local community about this activity in the Commercial Road area of Pill. There have now been a number of arrests of males for Possession of Class A drugs with Intent to Supply following targeted pre-planned operations. I can assure the community and those involved in this crime type, the focus on this will continue. You will see from our 'Pill Twitter' account how we worked with our Police Dog 'Ollie' who was instrumental in locating discarded drugs following our activities.
You may all be aware of the concerning incidents of 'Hate Crime Offences' at a number of locations across Newport. Following enquiries and the support of the local community, a 23 year old male was arrested and charged with 14 racial hatred offences. We would like to express our gratitude to the public for their support and assistance.
Our Section welcomed four officers from the New York Police Department (NYPD) earlier this month. It was great to meet colleagues from the USA and share our different experiences. The Newport West teams took them all out and they visited Pill Primary School, going to the school assembly, and have photos with our very own Mini Police. We were really grateful to the school for making everyone feel so welcome and I know having spent time with our colleagues, they loved the experience - thank you.
Earlier this week we held another 'Pill Action Day'. These are a superb opportunity for us to work with our partners and the community, helping to bring everyone together to have some fun but with a serious message. These bi-monthly operations target the challenges in the section. This operation focused on the enforcement of the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO), and also included a litter pick, enforcement of Homes of Multiple Occupation, and saw Heddlu Bach (Mini Police) get involved in checking vehicle speeds in Mon Bank and the Alexandra Road area. As usual the support provided by the community and our partners was 1st class - thank you. As with our current work, these operations will continue and I would encourage the community to attend these events in the future.