Inspector Sarah Davies
Your latest Blog from your local Inspector, Sarah Davies, who covers the Alway and Maindee area
I would like to start this month’s blog by saying how proud I am of all the officers, partners and the local community in relation to the recent terror arrests within Newport by the Metropolitan Police. Everyone involved has shown a real team ethos to get the job done whilst keeping everyone safe and reducing risk. The professionalism shown has been commendable and I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you again.
There have been some significant results in court this month in relation to local drug offences. A man has appeared in court admitting to buying and selling synthetic opioid items on the dark web. In May our officers assisted the National Crime Agency with the warrant, house searching and his subsequent arrest. Another man who was arrested for supplying controlled drugs (Cannabis) in Lliswerry and has been sentenced to 18 months in prison, finally a man already behind bars for drug supply has been ordered by the court to repay over £30,000 under the Proceed of Crime Act. These highlight some of the many proactive actions taken by your local teams.
We have again received complaints of the use of off-road bikes across all wards. We are working with our partners and local councillors to address this issue and due to your cooperation have identified riders and their bikes have subsequently been seized. Anti-social behaviour such as riding upon pavements and within public fields and parks is extremely dangerous and will not be tolerated.
Newport East Neighbourhood Team, Fire Crime Unit, Newport City Homes and the local community attended the Hope Centre to conduct a litter pick within Somerton in Alway. We used the “FIT LITTER PICK” pedometers again and cleaned numerous areas within the ward. The results spoke for themselves with many areas being made safe from glass and dangerous metal objects. Superintendent Matt Williams also came along to help, he insisted his pedometer was broken…but better luck next time boss to beat my team in stepping.
It has been a busy month for me with numerous community events. I attended the Eid Festival in Maindee School and assisted with the safe transportation of the Queens Baton for the Commonwealth Games alongside the Gwent Police Running Section. Thankfully the weather was kind for all events and it was great to see so many members of our community getting together to celebrate.
Two new members joined our team this month CSO Ahurst and CSO Taylor, make sure you say hello when you see them out and about.
The next few weeks will be busy with Halloween and Bonfire night celebrations. Please be mindful of others and how your behaviour can affect them. Seasonally, this time can see a rise in anti-social behaviour where a few spoil it for the majority. Diversionary activities are already being coordinated with our partners for Operation Bang which I am coordinating. Your teams will be conducting reassurance patrols in all wards with our colleagues from South Wales Fire and Rescue Service and your Community Wardens.
Thank you for reading, be safe…