Sergeant Chris Back

Your latest guest Blog from your local Sergeant, Chris Back, who covers the Alway and Maindee area

It is with a heavy heart that we have had to say goodbye to Inspector Sarah Davies. She is now Chief Inspector Sarah Davies and will be starting her new position as a Force Incident Manager in the Gwent Police Control Room. This is a great achievement and very well deserved and we wish her the best of luck in her new role.

I have been filling in for CI Davies while she has been away undergoing the required training for her new role.

I started as the Newport East Neighbourhood Policing Sergeant on the 2nd January 2018 and I have thirteen years service as a Police Officer. I have worked in every area of Newport including in our Custody department, where I continue to provide cover from time to time. 

The good news is that the new Inspector will be arriving imminently. PS Martin Cawley will be taking up his new role as Inspector Cawley, covering Newport East in the next week or so. He brings with him a wealth of experience including being a Police Search Advisor and Public Order Trainer. He has also worked on our Area Support Unit dealing with serious road traffic collisions amongst other things. He will be a welcome addition to the team.

Your local Neighbourhood Team are continuing to work hard to deal with the issues that are affecting the communities of Newport East. There has been a reduction in ASB and disorder in Ringland Centre but we continue to focus on this area and we are looking forward to the new development in this area, which will bring a number of opportunities to the young people of Ringland.

I know CI Davies promised an update regarding the anti-social use of cars at Spytty Retail Park in her last blog. Since then we have conducted a number of operations to target this issue. Our Area Support Unit led by PS Leighton Healan took the lead on this. As a result, a large number of vehicles were seized and fixed penalties were also issued for littering by the Community Safety Wardens. This week there is diversionary activity taking place which will include “pop-up” sports facilities. This is being run by Newport Live with our support so pop down and take a look.

The nicer weather is here which brings its own problems with it. Off-road bikes and street drinking to name a couple. We are committed to tackling these issues head on and have recently conducted an off- road bike operation where five vehicles were seized.

Unfortunately, Wales did not qualify but the World Cup fixtures are coming up in June. If you are a football fan, enjoy these events but please drink responsibly and ensure you have a designated driver.

For daily updates, follow my teams on Twitter @gpalway @gpmaindee

You can also email me any policing issues in your community christopher.back@gwent.pnn.police.uk

Sergeant Chris Back