Sunday, July 22, 2018

INSPECTORS BLOG: Catch up with Monmouthshire North Inspector, Arwel Hicks

It was a busy month for Monmouthshire North; with the Monmouth Festival and the National Eisteddfod in Abergavenny.

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As with all these types of events, they are very well managed by the organisers and our role is really limited to engagement and policing any disorder. ; The pre-meets and briefings held between the organisers, Police, Monmouthshire County Council and Traffic Management allows for a cohesive plan and, from my point of view, a pretty much flawless execution. ; Those with a Military background will remember the "six P's" and the efforts of the people engaged in arranging and conducting these events certainly proved this. ;

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The week-long festival of music in Monmouth, my sources tell me, was well attended, and our Team engaged, reported minimal disruption and I think the weather held too. ; I think there were some reports of young people congregating on Chippenham Fields but these type of events do attract the younger element but I believe, apart from some litter, no crimes or damage were reported.

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The National Eisteddfod too concluded without any major hitches. ; Reports state that 130,000 people attended. ; My main concern was that of the additional traffic that would descend upon the Town but the Park and Rides were very well used and efficiently run. ; So a big thanks to Mr Dave Matthews in Traffic Management and Monmouthshire County Council for all their hard work. ; That said we did have to issue tickets along Merthyr Road, as people were ignoring the Urban Clearway signs. ; This inconsiderate parking frustrated the flow of buses to and from Maes A and B and the Park and Rides. ;

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On Maes A; Gwent Police's School liaison officers headed up our engagement stand supported by our partners from Victim Support's Hate Crime co-ordinators. ; We also had staff attending from our Commissioner's Office. ; Well done all. ; I could see that they were busy throughout the five days.

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Maes B; The music and younger crowd site also went very well. ; There have been a couple of crimes reported and these will be investigated. ; One incident of disorder, by a few lads, was dealt with appropriately by the Security Staff and our patrolling officers. ; A minor injury was received by one of the men but they met with the offender and Police, the next day, to resolve the issue and apparently 'hugged it out'! ; I'm not sure that's an official outcome in the world of policing!

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Can I take this opportunity to specifically thank Mr Huw Aled Jones, my main point of contact during the planning and running of the event. ; Nothing seemed to faze him and everything was dealt with calmly and proportionately. ; Diolch, Huw. ; Hopefully we will not have to wait another 100 years for the Eisteddfod to return to Abergavenny.

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In other news: ; There has been some good work by officers surrounding rural crime. ; We have made arrests concerning the theft of farm vehicles and PC Evans, on Saturday night, went hunting and found a vehicle suspected in attempting to steal a Quad in a neighbouring Force. ; PC Evans kept the commentary going until specialist support arrived in the form of Helicopters, Area Support Units and Dogs. ; The pursuit ended up in forestry by Merthyr Tydfil and after a four hour ;track the driver was located and arrested. ; This epitomises a real team ethic, great tenacity by all officers and an overall cracking result.

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PC Butt, who has recently joined our Neighbourhood Team, is leading our trial of 'Eyes and Ears'. ; This is a form given to our rural residents to log suspicious incidents. ;The trial is in its infancy; however early indications are positive. ; Anyone wishing to have the initiative explained please get in contact with PC Butt at Monmouth Police Station.

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I hope you're all having a great summer and if you're going away, ;have a great holiday! ;

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Take care

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Inspector Arwel Hicks

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Source: https://www.gwent.police.uk/newsroom/story/?L=0&tx_news_pi15Bnews5D=2290&tx_news_pi15Bcontroller5D=News&tx_news_pi15Baction5D=detail&cHash=38a179cbfe2dc15a461bd8205370c491 (Thu Feb 1st 2018)

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