Inspector John Davies
Your latest Blog from your local Inspector, John Davies, who covers the central Newport area
As expected it's been a busy start to spring in the city centre. We welcomed the ABP Newport Marathon to the city for the first time and it was a great event which I hope will start to change the attitude toward the city as being a more positive one.
A number of other events are expected which will start to attract some national interest over the coming 12 months. I am looking forward with our partners to seeing a bit of civic pride return to the city.
That said, we all still have a lot of work to do to ensure Newport city centre is somewhere people want to live, work and visit. The capital investment by the Local authority is being met by a prioritising of the city centre by the police and all our safer city partners.
A further five Constables join my team in June to take us into the summer period. That's a substantial investment since October and will be sustained further in July and September with a large number of probationary officers arriving.
A number of operations are ongoing looking at our priorities, all designed to encourage people back into the city centre.
It remains really important that the public continue to report any incidents of antisocial behaviour or criminal activity to us so we can deal with individuals responsible and 'persuade' them that these public spaces are for the use of the many, not the few.
To that end we have had the latest 'Your Voice' survey results and have decided our next priorities based on a far more pleasing level of engagement from people who use the city centre than we have had before.
The priorities, in this order, will be as follows;
- Antisocial behaviour and nuisance behaviour, including bikes and young people being intimidating around Westgate Square
- Drug use and dealing within the city centre
- Parking issues
These are the three areas identified by you and we will be targeting them over the coming months. Can I reiterate that we need people to come forward with information, so it's really important you let us know via any of the means below if you can help.
We welcome the Welsh ladies football team to Newport and Rodney Parade on 12th June, where they play Russia in a World Cup qualifier. We wish them luck.
As always, feel free to contact me with any issues you haven't been able to resolve. A number of people have done this, and I hope they have been satisfied with the response.
I want to work with the public, not against them, and there is a real commitment from my team and the partners we work with to make a difference in the city centre, but to make the real difference we need your support.
Stay safe and enjoy the continued sunshine, fingers crossed.
You can also email me any policing issues in your community via [email protected]