Inspector Arwel Hicks

Your latest Blog from your local Inspector, Arwel Hicks, who covers the Abergavenny and Monmouth areas

It has been a turbulent month and June has started with further distressing news.  The events in Manchester and London leave me speechless over the senseless killings of the innocents.  The flag will remain at half-mast in Abergavenny.  The response of the communities in both Manchester and London gives me a real sense of togetherness and this togetherness is what it will take to stop it.  Community intelligence is the key.

In Monmouthshire North things are ticking along nicely.  We have had a slight increase in rural crime but we have sent out strong crime prevention messages and are working with our partner agencies, including National Resources Wales.  Further rural crime operations are planned, so watch my Blog and Twitter for updates.  With regards Twitter, @gpabergavenny and @gpmonmouthusk  have very active accounts and they are very well followed. Give them a go - you can catch up with live issues, find out crime prevention advice and information about upcoming events.  There are moments of humour too!

Last week I had the pleasure to attend the Abergavenny Town Council meeting as they were addressed by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Mr Cuthbert.  Mr Cuthbert spoke about his vision and our priorities.  These are:

  • Crime Prevention
  • Supporting Victims
  • Community Cohesion
  • Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour 
  • Effective Service Delivery.  

When speaking to a number of Councillors in the days that followed, I felt that Mr Cuthbert was well received and gave reassurances towards the future policing of North Monmouthshire.  You will see from my previous Blogs that I routinely speak of these priorities, so you can be assured that we are all on the same page.

I have had the opportunity this month to roll up my sleeves and get out and about on the streets and assisting with calls and even making an arrest!  I did get some strange looks and even stranger comments, but all in good humour.  Our Neighbourhood Teams have been working closely with Housing and I can inform you that evictions are in the process of taking place for those who do not respect their community and neighbours.  We will not tolerate them and neither should you have to.

The weather is turning, so hopefully that was not our summer.

Take care, stay safe.