Inspector Nigel Lewis

Your latest Blog from your local Inspector, Nigel Lewis who covers the central Newport area

Hello and welcome to my February Blog.

The start of 2019 has been a busy time for my officers at Newport Central, both for response and my neighbourhood team. In early January, I delivered a presentation to Newport’s Business Improvement District (BID) local forum, where I updated them on our priorities and how we are working together to tackle the issues raised by them. These were:

  • Parking
  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Begging

Parking remains a police responsibility until 1st July this year. As I have reported in the local press, when my officers and CSOs are available, we will enforce parking regulations until that date. This is evidenced by the 150 parking tickets issued in the past three weeks.

The Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) remains in place and officers are actively dealing with any breaches within the city centre area.

We have had a slight increase in theft from, and damage to, motor vehicles in the Stow Hill area – Dewsland Park Road, Keynsham Avenue and St Woolos Road in particular – so please be vigilant and don’t leave any valuables on view when leaving your cars.

Over the next few months, we will be continuing to look at Organised Crime Groups in our area, carrying out disruption tactics to prevent their criminality. You may have seen the launch of this work at the end of last year, under the branding of Operation Jigsaw. For further information, visit

Any crime type can be the work of an organised crime group, but typically we see activity linked to drug trafficking, human trafficking and modern day slavery, high value fraud, cyber-crime and child sexual exploitation. To that end, we have been responding to information from the public and have carried out a number of early morning warrants at addresses, recovering drugs. If you do not want to report incidents direct to us, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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You can also email me any policing issues in your community [email protected]

Inspector Nigel Lewis