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arwel-hicks-policeHalloween and Bonfire night have now past and thankfully we didn’t have large incidents in Monmouthshire North, and thoughts can now turn to our Remembrance Day Parades. 

The county has a proud tradition of service to our country and this is reflected in the number of parades we hold.  I shall have the privilege of laying a wreath in Usk, whilst other officers and police staff will be in attendance in Abergavenny, Monmouth and Raglan.  I am looking forward to it and hope the weather holds out.

The ‘Your Voice’ surveys have concluded and there is a short period of consultation, with key parties, before we reveal the results.  That said, we are still working on issues that present themselves daily and some of those, I note, are highlighted within the survey results.  One of the frequent areas is speeding vehicles and this issue is reflected within certain wards, both in Monmouthshire North and South.  To that end, Inspector Philip Morris (Mon. South) and I have had some very constructive meetings with Monmouthshire County Council, over the last seven days, looking at an agreed multi-agency policy to identify legitimate problem areas and ways to educate, engineer and enforce these sites.  I will keep you posted with our progress.

Talking of progress, I mentioned last month about our efforts with regards Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBO) and we are starting to see some tangible results.  For example, in Abergavenny a resident was issued with a Community Protection Notice (CPN) in reply to 32 calls to her behaviour between June and August, 2016.  In late August the resident was charged with three breaches of that CPN and issued with the CBO.  Since that time we have had only one call in relation to the resident and that call will also result in a court appearance!  The neighbours are over the moon with the impact this has had.  In Monmouth, a resident has been issued with a CBO for 50 unnecessary calls, in three months, to the police and ambulance service.  The early signs are positive in relation to this matter too.  It is wise for these people to remember that failure to comply with this process will lead to further action being taken with our partners, which may risk tenancy agreements.

We are also working towards Public Space Protection Orders with Monmouthshire County Council at two sites.  These being the skate park and Fairfield Car Park in Abergavenny and we are also monitoring the behaviour in Chippenham and Vauxhall Fields in Monmouth.  I’m sure these areas will feature in the ‘Your Voice’ priorities, so we can have some constructive action plans to resolve the issues.

Five “off-road” bikes, in separate incidents, have been reported.  Three for “off-roading” on bridle paths in the Wentwood area and two for failing to stop for police and dangerous driving, on the road in Abergavenny.

We are also working with the Highway agency to reinforce the parking restrictions surrounding Nevill Hall Hospital, to ensure it is a safe place to attend and inconsiderate parkers don’t add to the stress of visiting the hospital.

Finally, Natalie Edmunds received a four year, eight month sentence for the burglaries she committed in Abergavenny last month.  I hope this sends a clear message to others who feel they can enter homes, sheds and outbuildings to steal. We will find you and you will suffer the consequences.

Take care and see you on Sunday in Usk, if you are attending.

Best wishes,

Inspector Arwel Hicks

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