Welcome to the latest blog from the Pill Neighbourhood Policing Team.
Firstly I'd like to introduce myself. For those who don't know me, my name is Mervyn Priest. I've recently taken over the Inspector's role in Pill having worked as a sergeant in the area for the last two years.
Throughout that time I've worked closely with the local community and partner organisations and I look forward to continuing these relationships and building on the success we've had to date.
As always, our neighbourhood policing team has been working hard to focus on the issues that matter most to you. Here are some examples of our recent activity and results...
As part of our work to tackle drug offences in the area a warrant was carried out under the misuse of drugs act at a property on Trinity Place. A 25 year old man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class B drugs. He is currently on police bail pending further enquiries.
We've had some success following reports of vehicle crime in the area. Firstly a 35 year old local woman was arrested on suspicion of a theft from a car parked on Commercial Street, this investigation is currently ongoing. Secondly, a 36 year old Newport woman was arrested and charged with theft and theft from motor vehicles and received a 16 week custodial sentence. We continue to work closely with our We Don't Buy Crime colleagues to target these offences with the use of capture cars and also offer crime prevention advice to help keep your vehicles and possessions safe.
Our work with partner agencies to identify and support vulnerable and sexually exploited adults in the area is ongoing and we've recently arrested and charged two men with soliciting; a 42 year old man from Cardiff and a 46 year old man from Wigan.
You may have seen us out and about in the area patrolling with South Wales Fire and Rescue Service and registered social landlords. These patrols help us to identify and remove potential targets of arson and criminal damage, as well as tackle any concerns you may have in relation to anti-social behaviour in your neighbourhood. We've recently secured a property on Adeline Street after reports from residents of trespassing and illegal drug use.
It's coming up to two years since the inception of the public space protection order in Pill. We continue to work with Newport City Council to police this and address behaviours that you've told us cause you concern. So far this year 35 warnings have been issued for anti-social behaviour and drinking alcohol in the area.
Community support officers continue to strengthen the links we have with young people in the area through a variety of ways. For example, they've been working with the Yemeni Association to offer diversionary activities at the Football Factory, giving older children the opportunity to chat with them in an informal setting, enabling us to build connections and trust. They've also worked closely with Pill Primary through the mini police scheme.
We're also in close and regular contact with our more elderly / vulnerable residents. Officers will frequently visit those referred to us to ensure they are safe and well and not being taken advantage of or mistreated in any way. If you know of a neighbour or family member who may benefit from this service please get in touch.
Finally, just a reminder that we hold weekly surgeries which are open to everyone. These meetings are your chance to discuss any issues or concerns you may have. We're keen to make them work for you so please let us know if you have any feedback or suggestions in relation to when and where they are held.
You can find details of the next meeting along with other team news on Twitter @GPNewport.