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

Hi everyone, I hope you are all well. Welcome to my Blog for April, where has the time gone this year!? My teams have been busy over the last couple of months dealing with crime and anti-social behaviour and addressing the 'Your Voice' priorities for our wards.


The team has 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. Gwent Police 'Caught in Court' results publicised on our website shows everyone the custodial sentences these offenders receive.


We recently executed a warrant following community information at Clevedon Road in the Beechwood ward.  A man has been arrested for cultivation offences the pictures are shown here and uploaded live onto out twitter accounts. You can  follow my teams on @gpmaindee and @gpalway for live updates of our reactive and pro-active work within your community.


My team works closely with our partner agencies to prevent anti-social behaviour and crime. Recently our Crime and Reduction Officer PC Angela Jones assisted Newport City Council, Newport City Homes and South Wales Fire & Rescue to deliver a Crime and Consequences day to over 70 pupils from Lliswerry  and Llanwern High Schools. The classes were split into groups at Rodney Parade and received talks and practical demonstrations about the dangers of fire setting and the impact of Anti-Social Behaviour upon the communities where they live.  This was the first event held in Newport and the feedback from both schools was very positive. Due to this we want this to continue this event within our wards.


Illegal parking is continuing within all wards and has been voted as a priority for many, due to the dangers of illegal parking outside schools we have started a programme with the cooperation of our Primary Schools to involve pupils in delivering the message to drivers to park legally and to also reduce speed. Pupils from Alway Primary were the first to take part in the event, using the speed monitoring devices and learning about safe parking and crossing of the roads. The pictures show some of the pupils involved.


Over 30 vehicles have been seized recently by my team for not having insurance or for being driven in an Anti-Social manner, this is as a direct result of the community expressing their concerns for safety. There has been an increase of nuisance calls relating to the use of off road bikes especially in the Lliswerry ward, patrols are continuing and bikes have been seized. I was very pleased to visit Black Ash Park and see that work has begun to place gates and fencing to try  to prevent off road bikes entering the fields and paths. This work is on-going and will be throughout the summer months.


You may be interested in finding out what happens when officers respond to calls, how they proactively patrol areas on the beat or how our Force Communications Suite allocates calls from members of the public. The Gwent Police Ride Along Scheme enables you to experience first-hand what your local officers are dealing with on a daily basis. Visit the Gwent Police website to download an application form.


Don't forget to sign up to Gwent Now, Gwent Police's new messaging service that is free to all subscribers. I will be asking staff in Newport East to push this hard as it is a vitally important tool that enables us to communicate directly with people and inform communities of key crime patterns in their areas.


The next round of 'Your Voice' surveys have been completed. This gives my team a good indication of what is affecting our community and ensures we can focus our attention on the activities that concern you the most.


The new priorities are:



Youth Nuisance in Alway & Somerton

Criminal Damage to Motor Vehicles

Illegal Parking



Youth Nuisance

Criminal Damage

Illegal Parking



Youth Nuisance in Black Ash Park

Drug use / Supply on Cromwell Road and surrounding streets

Speeding Vehicles and Illegal Parking  on Corporation Road



Illegal Parking

Drug use / Supply

Anti-Social Behaviour


St Julians

Anti-social behaviour using vehicles - Parking on Christchurch Road and St Julians Avenue

Anti-social behaviour - Drug use / Supply

Anti-social behaviour - Youth Nuisance at the Old Barn



Drug use /Supply

Illegal Parking outside St Julians and Eveswell Primary Schools

Youth Nuisance



Parking at Schools in Caerleon Ward

Speeding Vehicles /Anti-social behaviour Youth Nuisance

Drug use / Supply



Illegal Parking

Youth Nuisance in Glan Llyn and Underwood



Illegal Parking

Criminal Damage to Motor Vehicles


Have a great weekend...

Inspector Sarah Davies