INSPECTORS BLOG: Your last message from Torfaen Inspector, Dave Morgan

Some investigations can take several months to bring to fruition. One such case saw three men from the Cwmbran area charged on 28th March, with a number of drug trafficking offences. The painstaking work was undertaken by a detective constable and has taken many hours of their time to bring this case to court. The case will be first heard at Newport Magistrates Court on 2nd May 2017.

On 27 March, a local man called Matthew Wall was sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court to 4.5 years imprisonment for a variety of offences including assault, dangerous driving, robbery and affray. The robbery offence was committed on 14th January in Cwmbran and it’s pleasing to see that Wall was brought to justice as quickly as he was.

Every spring we begin to see shed burglaries increase. It’s crucial that owners leave nothing of any real value in their sheds and also seek to improve the security of them. Pontnewydd in Cwmbran is experiencing a higher level of offences than other areas, and I want to assure the public that my staff are fully aware of the need to be on patrol in the areas that are being affected. I urge the public to be vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour to us so we can assist in dealing with any potential perpetrators.

The investigation into the assault to a schoolgirl at Neerings that took place on 3rd March continues. An E-Fit of the suspect has now been released and whilst I cannot go into the detail of the investigation, I can assure you that some investigative leads are being pursued. In the meantime, my officers continue to remain visible in the area, particularly when children are going to and leaving school.

This is my last Blog as the Torfaen Sector Inspector. I am leaving the area to take up a new role in the Eastern Local Policing Area. My immediate successor is Sergeant Ian Green and in approximately six weeks, an inspector will have been identified to take on this wonderful role. Since January 2015 I have published 48 Blogs, and I hope they have been useful and informative. Thank you to those of you who have made contact with me in order to raise concerns about issues in your area.
In the meantime many of my officers are now ‘tweeting’ and you can read of their work via @gpcwmbran and @gppontypool.

David Morgan

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Update: Road Traffic Collision, Clarence Place in Newport

Update: On 23rd March 2017, we received reports of a serious road traffic collision, at approximately 1.30pm between a Silver Ford Focus and a pedestrian at Clarence Place, Newport.
A woman from the Newport area was taken to hospital, but has sadly since died of her injuries. She can now be named as 47 year old Pamela Lancaster. Pamela’s family are being supported by specialist officers.
Anyone with information relating to the collision is asked to call Gwent Police on 101 quoting log number 283 23/3/17.

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Transferee Inspector Opportunities at Gwent Police

Gwent Police is currently recruiting applications from:
· Current serving Inspectors wishing to undertake new opportunities at the same rank
· Substantive Police Sergeants seeking promotion to the rank of Inspector
(Must be qualified to the rank of Inspector by examination)
As one of the four forces within Wales, we have a diverse mix of rural and urban environments and we know what today’s policing challenges are all about. With its mix of city life and rural scenery, this is quite simply one of the best places you could choose to live and work.
This is an excellent opportunity to join a committed and forward thinking team in protecting and reassuring the communities of Gwent. We are looking for exceptional leaders that can effectively manage teams to improve performance and public confidence within the communities of Gwent Police.
If you are ready for a challenge and have a range of skills to bring to our Force then why not apply for promotion or a transfer to Gwent Police.
Applicants are sought from other Home Office Forces and must be qualified to the rank of Inspector. All applicants will be required to demonstrate competency at their current rank through production of their most recent PDR.
If applying for promotion at entry level within Gwent Police, if successful at the promotion assessment you will then be required to undertake the Work Based Assessment Programme. Only those officers who successfully complete all aspects of the work based assessment process will gain substantive promotion.
The application process will close on 13 April 2017 @ 4pm.
The shortlisting process will take place on: 20 April 2017
The Interviews and presentations will take place on 25 and 26 April 2017
For more information, please come along to our briefing session at Gwent Police HQ on: 7th April 2017 @ 1pm
You are advised to spend some time reading the framework before attending the briefing sessions. You will be asked to evidence three competency areas of the framework under Level 2 on the application form.
In addition to the application form, applicants will be required to undergo vetting and references, pass an interview, fitness test, drugs test and a Health Check.
Anyone wishing to apply, who requires reasonable adjustments for the interview process, should email: [email protected] by the closing date to advise of their requirements.
To download the application form, please visit:
All completed application forms should be emailed to: [email protected]

Source:: Gwent Police News

Hit and run - Argoed

Officers are continuing their enquiries into a hit and run that happened last month.

A red car collided with a Land Rover on a lane connecting Argoed and Manmoel on 12th February just after 3pm. The two people who were in the car ran off, the Land Rover was written off but luckily the driver wasn’t injured. We have dashcam footage from the Land Rover and hope someone will able to help us trace the two who left the scene.

We’ve carried out checks on the car but haven’t been able to trace the current owner.

If you recognise these people or can help please call Gwent Police on 101 quoting log 345 12/02/17 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Attempted break in Caerphilly

Do you recognise these two people?

We’re trying to trace them as they may be able to help us with an investigation into an attempted break in at Castle Fires and Stoves on Nantgarw Road in Caerphilly.

It happened around 8pm on Wednesday 22nd March and they were in the area at the time.

If you can help call us on 101 quoting log number 140 23/03/17 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Source:: Gwent Police News

Burglary, New Inn - Pontypool

A house was burgled on Woodfield Road in New Inn, Pontypool last week.
It happened sometime between 1.30pm on Wednesday 22nd March and 11am on Thursday 23rd March
Money was stolen as well as bank account cards
If you can help us with this investigation call 101 quoting log number 155 23/02/17 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Burglary - Pontypool

Officers are investigating a burglary in the Charlesville area of Pontypool.
Sometime between 21st January – 21st February jewellery was taken from a house on Holyoak Terrace.
Two 18ct gold rings with diamonds, that are worth around £2000, were taken.
If anyone has any information about this jewellery they are asked to call Gwent Police on 101 quoting log number 490 21/02/17 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Source:: Gwent Police News

Assault - Cwmbran

Gwent Police is investigating an altercation that happened between motorcyclists and the driver of a silver Vauxhall Astra on Edlogan Way in Cwmbran.
It happened at about 12.30pm on Saturday 25th March.
The driver of the car and the motorcyclists came to a stop and during a dispute the 50 year old man who was driving the Astra was assaulted. He suffered bruising to his face.
Anyone who was in the area at the time and may be able to help police with their enquiries is asked to call 101 quoting log number 204 25/03/17 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Source:: Gwent Police News