Your latest Blog from your local Inspector, Nigel Lewis who covers the central Newport area
As we start the New Year, I wanted to let you know what we have been doing in the city over the last few months and how we have been working hard to tackle your priorities over the busy festive period.
The city centre priorities remain as:
- Anti-social behaviour
- Night-time economy
Following concerns from key stakeholders in the area of the bus station patrols have been taking place at key times. Officers have been on foot in school rush hour and have been working with Friars Walk security guards in the early evening. These efforts have resulted in a reduction in problems in the area.
Regular patrols have been taking place in the area of the Royal Gwent Hospital and efforts have continued to robustly deal with those intent on disrupting the service offered by staff at the hospital. A woman was jailed for seventeen weeks in November for threatening and abusing hospital staff and we will continue to take action against those acting in this way.
We also saw the successful conviction and sentencing of three offenders following a robbery in Clytha Park road. Following a thorough investigation, where crucial evidence was captured on body worn camera, they were sentenced to more than 15 years between them.
There has been an increased focus on the city centre during the evening and nights over the Christmas period, when we typically see an increase in demand. Early engagement, robust policing of anti-social behaviour and targeting violent offenders together with road closures around the city centre have resulted in a reduction in both recorded crime and public order offences.
We will continue to work with our partners and review and act upon any issues raised by the both the public and business owners.
Finally, our neighbourhood policing team is working towards finalising the ‘Your Voice’ priorities. You can e-mail me about policing issues at [email protected] and also follow me and my team on twitter @GPinsplewis @gpnptcentral