Inspector Micah Hassell

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

Welcome to my latest Blog.

It’s a great honour to be selected as the Neighbourhood Inspector in Monmouthshire. The last four weeks have been incredibly busy, so before I highlight some of the great work my officers undertake everyday, I will start by introducing myself. I have served for twenty four years starting my career off in the Metropolitan Police.  I have been an Inspector for ten years and worked in almost every position within Gwent Police at this level. Most of my service has been spent under the Operational Support umbrella where I worked primarily within Roads Policing and Firearms.  As an Inspector, I have a wealth of experience gained through working within Operational Support, Response, Partnerships, Neighbourhood Policing, Custody and more recently Professional Standards. I am committed to delivering the best possible service I can to all communities throughout this area and addressing the key priorities that continue to make Gwent a safe place to live work and visit.

On Friday 22 June 2019 in the Abergavenny area Police responded to a large disturbance in the town centre, which resulted in five people being arrested for assault and public order offences.  Unfortunately, one officer was injured in the disturbance along with other members of public. This incident reminds us all of the dangers Police Officer face during the course of their work. Fortunately, incidents like these are rare, but demonstrate the professionalism, hard work and diligence officers maintain to protect our communities. Enquiries are ongoing into this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting log 383 of 22/06/19, or you can direct message us via our Facebook or Twitter accounts. You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

On 20/06/2019 officers were successful in arresting a male for a series of burglaries in the Monmouth area.  It was great to see PC Nick Evans, who has recently transferred to the section from Newport, take the lead in company with PC 966 Nicholls, PC 1940 James, PC 1977 Ford and PC 505 Walters. Officer’s visibility in the Monmouth area clearly paid off during the early hours, and their quick response to both the scene and area ended in a successful arrest. Our enquiries revealed that three burglaries had been committed on the same night, officers worked hard to repatriate personal belongings linked to the addresses and prosecute the offender linked to this crime series

Apart from our general policing responsibilities, officers both in Chepstow and Monmouth have undertaken two proactive operational activities to address some of the key priorities. Pc Tom Organ focussed his efforts to combine resources from the eastern policing area to undertake a highly visible operation, to detect drink drivers, motoring offences and other criminal related activity. The operation generated 6 arrests for drink driving, 5 drug arrests ranging from possession to supply, 2 vehicles seized for being used without insurance along with one driver reported for driving inconsiderately. At the other end CSO Selina Hayward put together an operation in the Monmouthshire area to target shoplifters, Anti Social behaviour and other related criminal activity. This is a weeklong operation, which is already delivering some excellent results, which help keep all of our communities safe.

That is about it for now, but please remember if you want to report a non-emergency then you should call 101 and if you want to provide any information about a crime you can contact us directly at [email protected] . Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. This is a completely anonymous service. 

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