Inspector Micah Hassell

Your latest blog from your local Inspector, Micah Hassell who covers Abergavenny, Monmouth and Usk

It has been a particularly busy month with preparations leading into the Christmas period, my officers have been out on patrol throughout Monmouthshire and have received a great deal of positive feedback in relation to how we have been tackling your priorities.

The neighbourhood team recently executed six drug warrants in the Monmouth and Abergavenny areas and five people were arrested on suspicion of possession and distribution of class A and B drugs.  Officers also used their powers to seize vehicles, cash and suspected stolen items and enquiries are ongoing. As part of the drugs crackdown officers in plain clothes patrolled towns and communities, searches were undertaken and class B drugs found which resulted in a number of fines.  I would like to thank the community for working with us, they provided vital information to help and we will continue our efforts to tackle this type of crime.

Other community work has included working with school children to spread the message about rural crime. Community support officer (CSO) Sara Mason has worked hard to visit schools throughout North Monmouthshire, getting children involved through posters campaigns, advice booklets and family activities talking about crime prevention. This has been a great way to raise awareness and educate a wide audience across Monmouthshire.

Our CSO Selina Hayward co-ordinated a community Christmas fayre this month where she raised £160 for the Wysham Community Project. She worked hard to visit businesses, obtain donations for raffles, arrange school choirs and attend on the night to support local people a makes this a success.  Her efforts really brought a Christmas feel to the area and provided a great opportunity for everyone to get together to celebrate the festive season.

CSO Amanda Yung has been working with partners to run a targeted operation focused on safety on school buses, taxis and mini buses. Four inspection notices were issued which prevented the vehicles being used on the road, as they were deemed unsafe. There has been a great deal of interest and support from the local community for this work and we will be doing more operations in the near future.

Officers from Monmouthshire recently worked together with specialist units, the dog section and operators in our force control room to pursue two burglary suspects, believed to have stolen high value cars.  Following a pursuit and foot chase, two people were charged with burglary and motoring offences and will now appear in court.

It is always pleasing for me to receive thanks about my officers and I was recently contacted by a victim of crime about the service they received from PC Richard Higbey for his efforts in investigating a complex case where he showed empathy and compassion, the offender has since been prosecuted.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity and wish you all a very merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. My officers will be out over the festive period ensuring we deliver the best possible service to all of you. If you are out celebrating Christmas and the New Year please ensure you are safe.

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