I would firstly like to welcome six brand new probationary constables who have just started in our patch over the past few months. The officers have spent eighteen weeks in training school and they will now go on to spend ten weeks with their tutor constables prior to hopefully be permitted to be on independent patrol.
Our wards experienced another busy but really productive month, this included the execution of Operation Wheel. This was in response to concerns over drug dealing in Potter Street and the surrounding areas of Pill. A number of warrants were executed in the area and fifteen suspects have been arrested for possession with intent to supply class A drugs. A large quantity of drugs and cash were recovered and a property in Potter Street in Pill has also been boarded up as a direct result of this operation. There has been an overwhelming positive response locally and the community are reporting that they are now seeing children playing out in the street which they haven't experienced for some time. We are all really grateful for the support from local residents following this operation - thank you.
Following concerns we conducted four nights of enforcement activity in the Francis Close/Francis Drive areas of Pill. This resulted in a number of arrests for possession with intent to supply and we were able to identify a number of youths who were issued with Community Protection Warnings. This enforcement work will continue but once again the communities have reported a significant difference in the levels of anti-social behaviour following this work.
You may have seen the publicity in the press over the implementation of the Pill Public Space Protection order. This was signed off by the Newport City Council on the 25th July 2017. The order restricts certain anti-social behaviour in public spaces in Pill:
No one is allowed to drink alcohol in a public place (unless they are on a licenced premises).
Groups of 3 or more people must not congregate and behave in a manner that is anti-social, intimidating or in any way criminal.
No one is allowed to sell, use or possess psycho-active substances.
If persons do not comply with these conditions then they could be liable to a fixed penalty notice which attracts a £100 fine.
I will report on the extensive multi-agency work planned to assist in effectively managing the PSPO in my next blog.
I also want to mention a great piece of work by Community Support Officer Richy Davies who has gained national recognition for the Shaftsbury 'Youf Gang' initiative. Over the past two years the project has grown and involves a number of partner agencies. It is a youth diversionary and engagement scheme aimed at reducing anti-social behaviour and improving prospects for young people in Newport. It involves initiatives such as litter picking, community events, football matches between members and representatives from partner agencies. The 'Youf Gang' now have their own sponsored football team and they have been invited to the Senedd in Cardiff and the Houses of Parliament in recognition for their work - very well done Richy!