Gwent Police has experienced an exceptionally busy few months, with often complex and diverse challenges, and the Newport West section has faced many of those challenges along the way. As always, we have had a number of great results due to the team's hard work and focus on the issues most affecting our communities.
Both I and my teams are aware of the issues and crimes that most affect our communities. The section has experienced an increase in anti-social behaviour linked to drugs and drug supply within our wards. Our Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) has executed a number of warrants in Pill, as well as using specifically planned operations to tackle these issues further supported by officers from across other work streams. We have recovered a large amount of drugs and cash linked to drug supply and arrested a number of people linked to those offences. Nine people have been arrested form one area alone, where we will continue to focus our attention until we see an improvement. I have personally overseen an increase in officer presence throughout the wards, placing officers on foot at key times in an aim to thwart this continued behaviour. We will keep doing this until we see an impact and a positive change.
A significant part of our role is community engagement. Our Community Support Officers (CSOs) have continued their superb work at community events and activities. Of particular note was their involvement in the 'ABP Community shield' - a football tournament organised and run in memory of friends from the community, as well as people who serve the community. It was an exceptional day which involved local residents, community partners and people who serve the community. I'm proud to say that the Pill 'youth' team from Gwent Police took the shield this year. My only sore point, apart from the aches and pains the following day, was the fact I wasn't young enough to be in the youth team! Meanwhile, our great work continues across all sections of the west, especially involving the 'youf gang' in Shaftesbury who are planning to walk to the top of Pen y Fan for charity, and continue to receive further support from the Police and Crime Commissioner and the High Sheriff. Furthermore, my teams have attended numerous events right throughout Rogerstone, Gear, Marshfield and Peterstone as well as carrying out community speed watch in areas blighted by inconsiderate and dangerous drivers.
The NPT also executed a drugs warrant in the Barrack Wood area, which resulted in the seizure of a cannabis cultivation and the arrest of a male. The focus on the Possession with Intent to Supply Drugs continues to be a priority for me, as well as focusing on reassurance and support for the communities most affected by these activities. We are aware that we cannot accomplish all of the things we need to without working closely with partners, councillors and the community who support us through community speed watch, action days and supplying us with intelligence that allows us to build a better understanding of the issues and how they affect you.
We have issued our first crime prevention warning to people visiting areas where sex workers are believed to visit, with an aim to tackle the people exploiting these vulnerable girls, most of whom are assaulted, bullied and abused until they are forced to live this lifestyle. My team will target people who visit our most vulnerable areas and prey upon our most vulnerable people so that we can prevent further harm, protect the vulnerable and ensure people who visit these areas are there for the right reasons and not to commit crime or encourage crime.
You may all be aware of the continued drive and commitment by Gwent police to tackle domestic abuse. Focusing again on the most vulnerable and protecting those people who find themselves trapped in a seemingly impossible situation and offering our full support, help and a promise that we will do everything we can to protect them. My teams will continue to protect the victims of domestic abuse and we will continue to work hard to punish the people responsible for these offences. Domestic violence is intolerable and we must all do what we can to tackle this abhorrent crime.