NATO summit disruption will be 'minimal' Gwent PCC

South Wales Argus: NATO summit disruption will be 'minimal' Gwent PCC NATO summit disruption will be 'minimal' Gwent PCC

GWENT Police and Crime Commissioner Ian Johnston has assured communities that disruption to residents will be minimal when Newport welcomes over 60 world leaders for the Nato summit in September.

Gwent Police are leading the security for the event, which will be hosted by the Celtic Manor Resort on Thursday, September 4, and Friday, September 5.

Extra officers and staff will be drafted in from all over Britain in the run up to the event, which is being dubbed as one of the biggest policing operations ever undertaken in the UK.

Politicians, including United States president Barack Obama, journalists and protesters will descend on Newport for the summit.

But while summit security will be a priority, Gwent PCC Ian Johnston has reassured local communities that it won’t be to the detriment of residents.

“Much of the detailed planning has yet to be finalised,” he said. “But when hosting an event of this magnitude there is likely to be some disruption in and around the vicinity of the summit.

“However, I want to reassure residents that we will be ready and that Gwent Police and its partners will be doing all they can to reduce the impact on those communities directly affected.

“In the coming weeks and months, residents and businesses which could be affected will be contacted by specially assigned officers.

“Our neighbourhood officers will also continue with their normal duties of patrolling the surrounding areas of Gwent and protecting and reassuring our communities during the summit.

“The force will be working closely with other organisations to help minimise any issues regarding traffic, noise or litter, and details of any road closures, diversions or likely travel delays will be conveyed to residents prior to the event.”

In January we reported that at least 18 hotels from Cardiff to Bristol were already fully booked up for the event. As many as 10,000 people are likely to need accommodation for the seven nights of the summit, with 2,000 delegates and 7,000 journalists expected.

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8:25am Wed 5 Mar 14

Mervyn James says...

That's because we don't care.
That's because we don't care. Mervyn James
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9:53am Wed 5 Mar 14

bobmech1 says...

That's a joke
Of course there will be disruption
That's a joke Of course there will be disruption bobmech1
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10:37am Wed 5 Mar 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Oh come off it Ian, really? Just how dumb do you think we are? Security for this little shindig isn't going to be the 'main priority' it's going to be the only concern for the people who will really be running the show. They couldn't give a gnat's chuff about the impact on the community, or any of your efforts to minimise the disruption - unless of course it minimises the disruption to the conference.

I think the residents are in for a lot of disruption. You'll close off public highways, you'll stop and question people, search vehicles etc... and detain people who won't cooperate. Then of course, you'd have to be incredibly naive to think that anyone who lives or works in the vicinity, isn't already being subjected to intrusive background checks and surveillance. They'll be going through your phone and email records, your work history, your financial history - and pretty much anything else they like, of yours, your friends and your relatives - going back god knows how long. Privacy be damned. Really, it's an appalling state of affairs considering none of the residents were even consulted about whether they wanted any of this in advance.
Oh come off it Ian, really? Just how dumb do you think we are? Security for this little shindig isn't going to be the 'main priority' it's going to be the only concern for the people who will really be running the show. They couldn't give a gnat's chuff about the impact on the community, or any of your efforts to minimise the disruption - unless of course it minimises the disruption to the conference. I think the residents are in for a lot of disruption. You'll close off public highways, you'll stop and question people, search vehicles etc... and detain people who won't cooperate. Then of course, you'd have to be incredibly naive to think that anyone who lives or works in the vicinity, isn't already being subjected to intrusive background checks and surveillance. They'll be going through your phone and email records, your work history, your financial history - and pretty much anything else they like, of yours, your friends and your relatives - going back god knows how long. Privacy be damned. Really, it's an appalling state of affairs considering none of the residents were even consulted about whether they wanted any of this in advance. GardenVarietyMushroom
  • Score: 1

10:50am Wed 5 Mar 14

KarloMarko says...

The test flights of my 30 foot drone, the Trotsky MK1, are going well. Amazing how high and fast it goes with just an old lawnmower engine running on nitro. So it'll be up and ready to greet Team Nato. And if the engine "flames" and it takes out half the delegates families....Well, this stuff happens all the time to Afghanistan wedding parties....Get over it.
The test flights of my 30 foot drone, the Trotsky MK1, are going well. Amazing how high and fast it goes with just an old lawnmower engine running on nitro. So it'll be up and ready to greet Team Nato. And if the engine "flames" and it takes out half the delegates families....Well, this stuff happens all the time to Afghanistan wedding parties....Get over it. KarloMarko
  • Score: -6

11:05am Wed 5 Mar 14

KarloMarko says...

BTW..."7,000 Journalists"

I didn't know we had a pond THAT big in the Lower Wye Valley?
BTW..."7,000 Journalists" I didn't know we had a pond THAT big in the Lower Wye Valley? KarloMarko
  • Score: -3

1:35pm Thu 6 Mar 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Oh and incidently, people from the vicinity, when all these public order police units from around the country, all pumped up on steroids, self righteousness and immunity from prosecution, when they start getting violent with protestors - which they will, they always do - and cause a riot, consider that the Met still has £millions to pay out in compensation for what happened in 2011. Still - years later. So if you live in the area, mind you keep a close eye on who starts the violence - peaceful protestors, or violent armed and armoured thugs.
Oh and incidently, people from the vicinity, when all these public order police units from around the country, all pumped up on steroids, self righteousness and immunity from prosecution, when they start getting violent with protestors - which they will, they always do - and cause a riot, consider that the Met still has £millions to pay out in compensation for what happened in 2011. Still - years later. So if you live in the area, mind you keep a close eye on who starts the violence - peaceful protestors, or violent armed and armoured thugs. GardenVarietyMushroom
  • Score: -2

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