INSPECTORS BLOG: A message from Newport East Inspector, Sarah Davies

Hi everyone, I hope you are all well. Welcome to my latest blog, it has been a busy few months where we have seen lots of events and police action going on within Newport East.

We have been listened to the ‘Your Voice’ priorities and concentrated within these areas. The results have been very positive. It is always a pleasure to receive emails and letters of appreciation from my community highlighting the good work of my officers. I ensure these are passed onto the officers.

Our main target area for anti-social behaviour has been Lliswerry. We have seen a considerable decrease in anti-social behaviour as we are targeting specific groups of youths and locations within the ward. Off road bikes are still an issue and we are continuing to patrol and seize bikes throughout the ward. You would have seen the new footpaths, gates and fencing within Black Ash Park, this is a joint approach with my team, Newport City Council and your local councillors.

Even more vehicles have been seized since my last blog by my team for not having insurance or for being driven in an anti-social manner and drug driving; this is as a direct result of the community expressing their concerns for safety. In June we had a few instances where three Lamborghini’s were being driven around the Lliswerry area in an anti-social manner and one was in involved in a collision with another driver. The driver of the Lamborghini was arrested as he failed a road side drug test and the vehicle was seized.

Burglaries have recently occurred at schools within the Alway ward, following investigations I am pleased to update you that a male youth was arrested, charged and has received a 12 month Youth Referral Order. We will be monitoring his behaviour closely with Youth Offending Teams to ensure he does not breach the order.

Following a warrant during September 2015, officers located substantial amounts of heroin, cocaine and cannabis with a street value in excess of £10,000 along with associated drug dealing paraphenalia. Also siezed was a ‘taser’ device which was disguised as an iPhone. On May 26th, Joshua Kent appeared at Cardiff Crown where he pleaded guilty to these offences and was sentenced to five years imprisonment. Please check our “Caught and in Court” results on the Gwent Police website. I would like to thank all the officers involved and the local community for working with us.

My team has continued to target drug use and supply within our wards. They have executed a number of warrants under the Misuse of Drugs Act with successful outcomes. People have been arrested for supplying both Class A and Class B controlled drugs. Our results have been published on our twitter feed @gpalway and @gpmaindee. Please follow us for live up to date tweets from your team. Above are a few pictures of the drugs seized.

Last month the neighbourhood team organised a football tournament with youngsters who are in the local Aspire project. The Aspire project is a government funded scheme to engage youths who are on the spectrum of bad behaviour to re-engage. This was a great event that broke down barriers between young people who are committing crime and anti-social behaviour within our wards.

We have continued to work with local Primary Schools in relation to road safety and speed awareness for pupils and parents. Above, is a picture of my team with pupils from St Andrews Primary School.

I recently attended the Gwent Police Women’s development day for police officers and staff. This was opened by Chief Superintendent Emma Ackland and Chief Superintendent Rhiannon Kirk. The day was filled with presentations and guest speakers discussing how we can work together. This was also attended by our PCC Jeff Cuthbert who outlined his vision for policing and community safety within Gwent.

Have a great summer and I look forward to updating you on our progress in my next blog.

Inspector Sarah Davies

Source:: Gwent Police News

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