Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Not in my neighbourhood week: Enforcement results

Police officers throughout Gwent have over the week been taking part in activities to mark ‘Not in My Neighbourhood Week' 2009, which ran between Monday November 2nd and Friday November 6th and which was financed by £30,000 seized from criminals in Gwent under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

The aim of the week was to promote and showcase what is being done locally to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.

During the week Gwent Police organised a range of public engagement activities aimed at helping to reduce crime, detect crime and reduce the fear of crime.

In addition to these activities an enforcement operation was organised which involved over 100 officers from all over Gwent.

Activity included:
  • The execution of 24 search warrants resulting in 17 arrests for offences of possession or possession with intent to supply class A and class B drugs, burglary and handling stolen goods. Of these arrested people 5 were charged, 5 were released on bail pending further enquiries and 7 were cautioned.
  • A further 42 people were arrested for offences including, theft, possession of a bladed article, assault, criminal damage, burglary, and vehicle crime. Of these 15 were charged, 14 were released on police bail pending further enquiries, 8 were cautioned and 5 were released without charge.
  • A further 3 people were arrested on warrant and detained for court.
  • In addition a further 7 offenders were traced and dealt with by other means.
Detective Chief Superintendent Ray Wise, Head of Gwent CID, said
"I hope this is the first of a number of initiatives which helps to reduce crime, detect crime and increases our capacity to respond positively to concerns highlighted by our communities in Gwent.

The fact that the activity was being funded from monies taken from criminality should reinforce the belief that crime does not pay in Gwent and demonstrates that we actually use the money we receive to support crime reduction and detection initiatives which will benefit our neighbourhoods."


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