Nato security will 'disrupt Newport transport' - police

Nato security will 'disrupt Newport transport' - police

Nato security will 'disrupt Newport transport' - police

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THE SHEER size of security surrounding the Nato summit in Newport will cause travel disruption in and around the city, Gwent Police’s chief said yesterday.

During a meeting of the Gwent Police and Crime Panel in Newport, chief constable Jeff Farrar said as many as 150 “protected people” will visit the city in September.

He said he also feared the police force would not be left with a lasting “legacy” if all goes to plan, and the accolades will go to London.

Strict security measures will be put in place in the city ahead of the summit set to be attended by world leaders including US President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande.

Thousands of delegates and journalists from all over the world are also due to attend.

Mr Farrar promised a clear transport plan, but said any detailed announcements were being delayed by organisers in London.

Mr Farrar said: “There’s going to be an unprecedented amount of protected people – there will be 150 at the summit. We’ve got to take them from the Celtic Manor to Cardiff for dinners – we can’t fly them all in. It is going to cause disruption but I can’t make any public announcements on transport plans yet because that’s a case for the foreign and commonwealth office.

“There are normally 200 or 300 police officers patrolling the streets in Gwent every day but there will be thousands.”

More than 50 schools across Newport could close when the summit begins at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 4, just four days into the school term.

Mr Farrar recognised the frustrations of Newport citizens and local authorities due to the lack of clear instructions on the transport plan, but said: “I’ve been very forceful in my discussions to get an answer on this – it’s only 10 weeks away.

“This event is being run by Westminster in Wales and the look and feel of it is set by Number 10 and they call the shots, really. The legacy of this event might be for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and London, but we will be the ones left with ‘I couldn’t take my child to school’. That legacy will be left with the police.”

Chief Superintendent Alun Thomas, who attended a liaison with Newport community councils on Thursday evening, said one of Gwent Police’s objectives was to keep life as normal as possible for residents.

He said the M4 will remain open at all times, adding police have made contingency plans for any problems in the Brynglas Tunnels.

He said: “If you think about the [2012] Olympics, people were deterred from going to London and then, when they realised the impact they returned.

“We want people to be able to carry on with their normal lives.”

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9:48am Sat 21 Jun 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

"Protected People"? Hang on, I thought it was the job of the police and security services to protect ALL of us not just 150 souls?! After all, 'we're all in this together' (as our glorious leaders are so fond of telling us) and...BTW...isn't that what we actually pay our hard-earned taxes out for...???
"Protected People"? Hang on, I thought it was the job of the police and security services to protect ALL of us not just 150 souls?! After all, 'we're all in this together' (as our glorious leaders are so fond of telling us) and...BTW...isn't that what we actually pay our hard-earned taxes out for...??? Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 38

9:49am Sat 21 Jun 14

KarloMarko says...

Breaking News..."The bears are in the woods"!
Breaking News..."The bears are in the woods"! KarloMarko
  • Score: -4

10:03am Sat 21 Jun 14

Woodgnome says...

..............the frustrations of the Newport people. You said it,
..............the frustrations of the Newport people. You said it, Woodgnome
  • Score: 7

11:27am Sat 21 Jun 14

Abertillery29 says...

I cannot see this bringing any benefit to Newport or Wales. As the Chief Constable says if it all goes well David Cameron will bask in the glory. However, if it goes pear shaped look out . Alose lose situation.
I cannot see this bringing any benefit to Newport or Wales. As the Chief Constable says if it all goes well David Cameron will bask in the glory. However, if it goes pear shaped look out . Alose lose situation. Abertillery29
  • Score: 25

11:43am Sat 21 Jun 14

ex-St. Julians boy says...

I wouldn't be at all surprised to see a section of the M4 closed for the duration of this conference; quite possibly between the Caerleon Road and Magor junctions. I wouldn't put it past them.
I wouldn't be at all surprised to see a section of the M4 closed for the duration of this conference; quite possibly between the Caerleon Road and Magor junctions. I wouldn't put it past them. ex-St. Julians boy
  • Score: 19

12:21pm Sat 21 Jun 14

DaiFrank says...

I hope the protesters don't disrupt the NATO conference too much lol. I mean people exercising their democratic right to protest ... whatever next!
I hope the protesters don't disrupt the NATO conference too much lol. I mean people exercising their democratic right to protest ... whatever next! DaiFrank
  • Score: 15

12:29pm Sat 21 Jun 14

sooty001 says...

Seems like a lose lose situation for the residents of Newport. If it goes ok Westminster get the accolades, if it goes t**s up we will get the blame.
Seems like a lose lose situation for the residents of Newport. If it goes ok Westminster get the accolades, if it goes t**s up we will get the blame. sooty001
  • Score: 12

12:47pm Sat 21 Jun 14

paddyparry says...

Is no one shocked to read that we normally have 200-300 police on patrol in the whole of Gwent? I take it that is over 3 shifts. Does this include the PCSO's? So what do all the others do?
Is no one shocked to read that we normally have 200-300 police on patrol in the whole of Gwent? I take it that is over 3 shifts. Does this include the PCSO's? So what do all the others do? paddyparry
  • Score: 21

1:01pm Sat 21 Jun 14

KarloMarko says...

Green Commander Plod says, "Anyone interfering with my officers in the lawful pursuit of their overtime, mex beer, Sweeny T shirts and winter Spanish holidays will receive the sharp end of our brand new Tazzers! And we'll charge you for the batteries....Trotsky
, we know where you lives!"
Green Commander Plod says, "Anyone interfering with my officers in the lawful pursuit of their overtime, mex beer, Sweeny T shirts and winter Spanish holidays will receive the sharp end of our brand new Tazzers! And we'll charge you for the batteries....Trotsky , we know where you lives!" KarloMarko
  • Score: -9

1:56pm Sat 21 Jun 14

Musing Militant says...

Well well so the police who we pay for cannot tell us what is happening. Show some balls and tell us! I live quite near the site and will not be impressed if I am inconvenienced any more than normal. If I am inconvenienced then so will plod and the spooks.....and I aint no terrorist either!
Well well so the police who we pay for cannot tell us what is happening. Show some balls and tell us! I live quite near the site and will not be impressed if I am inconvenienced any more than normal. If I am inconvenienced then so will plod and the spooks.....and I aint no terrorist either! Musing Militant
  • Score: -2

2:46pm Sat 21 Jun 14

exrisca says...

And all of this for what? Who gains from it, whose prestige is being promoted here?
And all of this for what? Who gains from it, whose prestige is being promoted here? exrisca
  • Score: 12

2:47pm Sat 21 Jun 14

Stan Edwards says...

The same person gets win, win for the Ryder Cup as this. Pppppppp push off! At least this time though the world press may want some facilities in the businesses in Newport and Caerleon and not just bog-off to Cardiff!
The same person gets win, win for the Ryder Cup as this. Pppppppp push off! At least this time though the world press may want some facilities in the businesses in Newport and Caerleon and not just bog-off to Cardiff! Stan Edwards
  • Score: 10

4:17pm Sat 21 Jun 14

NakedDancer says...

Stan Edwards wrote:
The same person gets win, win for the Ryder Cup as this. Pppppppp push off! At least this time though the world press may want some facilities in the businesses in Newport and Caerleon and not just bog-off to Cardiff!
The message from the police is Caerleon will be 'locked down' during the summit. Whatever that means ?
[quote][p][bold]Stan Edwards[/bold] wrote: The same person gets win, win for the Ryder Cup as this. Pppppppp push off! At least this time though the world press may want some facilities in the businesses in Newport and Caerleon and not just bog-off to Cardiff![/p][/quote]The message from the police is Caerleon will be 'locked down' during the summit. Whatever that means ? NakedDancer
  • Score: 9

4:27pm Sat 21 Jun 14

Llanmartinangel says...

DaiFrank wrote:
I hope the protesters don't disrupt the NATO conference too much lol. I mean people exercising their democratic right to protest ... whatever next!
I suppose it depends what you mean by 'protest'. The word seems to have quite a wide definition these days. Everything from chanting with placards (fine) to vandalising the property of those entirely unconnected with the cause. I watched private car after private car having wing mirrors ripped off by student fee 'protesters' in London some years back. Not fine.
[quote][p][bold]DaiFrank[/bold] wrote: I hope the protesters don't disrupt the NATO conference too much lol. I mean people exercising their democratic right to protest ... whatever next![/p][/quote]I suppose it depends what you mean by 'protest'. The word seems to have quite a wide definition these days. Everything from chanting with placards (fine) to vandalising the property of those entirely unconnected with the cause. I watched private car after private car having wing mirrors ripped off by student fee 'protesters' in London some years back. Not fine. Llanmartinangel
  • Score: 11

4:36pm Sat 21 Jun 14

KarloMarko says...

Its a typo...they mean "Caerleon will be locked up". Every adult male in Caerleon will be securely banged up for the duration. The women will be forced to perform earthy Celtic folk dances for the "military" in the Roman amphiteatre. All our kids the will sing God Bless America 24/7 and be given a Nato tea mug and blue biro. The Argus will produce a 24 page supplment with pictures of Paul Flynn and Rosmary Butler polishing cruise missiles. It'll be GREAT.
Its a typo...they mean "Caerleon will be locked up". Every adult male in Caerleon will be securely banged up for the duration. The women will be forced to perform earthy Celtic folk dances for the "military" in the Roman amphiteatre. All our kids the will sing God Bless America 24/7 and be given a Nato tea mug and blue biro. The Argus will produce a 24 page supplment with pictures of Paul Flynn and Rosmary Butler polishing cruise missiles. It'll be GREAT. KarloMarko
  • Score: 17

5:31pm Sat 21 Jun 14

JanJenkins says...

What is a pity is, people who work on Bulmore Road, Llantrisant, on Usk. cannot get a straight answer from anybody in the Monmouth shire / Newport City Council or Gwent Police as to what roads are going to be closed. or when. even after talking to half a dozen Police officers who are supposed to keep the Residents and Business owners informed, its like pass the parcel.
Business's and Residents along the Bulmore Road, are going to be seriously inconvenienced to the point that they cannot access their property for over a week. That's without the prats who are determined to protest at the drop of a paperclip and invade the countryside.
What is a pity is, people who work on Bulmore Road, Llantrisant, on Usk. cannot get a straight answer from anybody in the Monmouth shire / Newport City Council or Gwent Police as to what roads are going to be closed. or when. even after talking to half a dozen Police officers who are supposed to keep the Residents and Business owners informed, its like pass the parcel. Business's and Residents along the Bulmore Road, are going to be seriously inconvenienced to the point that they cannot access their property for over a week. That's without the prats who are determined to protest at the drop of a paperclip and invade the countryside. JanJenkins
  • Score: 6

5:38pm Sat 21 Jun 14

WELSH BUDDAH says...

Stan Edwards wrote:
The same person gets win, win for the Ryder Cup as this. Pppppppp push off! At least this time though the world press may want some facilities in the businesses in Newport and Caerleon and not just bog-off to Cardiff!
The Ryder Cup 2010 has done nothing for Newport when it happened or has not left any legacy to talk of. The only people who did okay was the man who is already on Wales rich list. I think Gwent Police should get all the accolades if there are any for any reason and London should not. Westminster should also give all the information to allow authorities planning better for all eventualities. I don't think will do anything for Newport and if something goes wrong it will Gwent Police who will get it in the neck on the world stage not Camaron and if it goes great then the world should know that Jeff Farar and his team made it happen.
[quote][p][bold]Stan Edwards[/bold] wrote: The same person gets win, win for the Ryder Cup as this. Pppppppp push off! At least this time though the world press may want some facilities in the businesses in Newport and Caerleon and not just bog-off to Cardiff![/p][/quote]The Ryder Cup 2010 has done nothing for Newport when it happened or has not left any legacy to talk of. The only people who did okay was the man who is already on Wales rich list. I think Gwent Police should get all the accolades if there are any for any reason and London should not. Westminster should also give all the information to allow authorities planning better for all eventualities. I don't think will do anything for Newport and if something goes wrong it will Gwent Police who will get it in the neck on the world stage not Camaron and if it goes great then the world should know that Jeff Farar and his team made it happen. WELSH BUDDAH
  • Score: 6

7:22pm Sat 21 Jun 14

Magor says...

If you need to travel to work through Newport I would book some time off that week.You only need one protester to get on the M4 and its closed.
If you need to travel to work through Newport I would book some time off that week.You only need one protester to get on the M4 and its closed. Magor
  • Score: 7

7:19am Sun 22 Jun 14

southsea says...

once again panic about traffic chaos with the M4 and SDR close to celtic manor there is no need for the to even come into Newport so where is the need to close schools
once again panic about traffic chaos with the M4 and SDR close to celtic manor there is no need for the to even come into Newport so where is the need to close schools southsea
  • Score: 7

9:41am Sun 22 Jun 14

The Red Claw says...

He said he also feared the police force would not be left with a lasting “legacy” if all goes to plan, and the accolades will go to London.

Of course any accolades will go to London, and also to Washington USA. After all this is where the whole thing is actually being run from. The locals will be merely following orders.
He said he also feared the police force would not be left with a lasting “legacy” if all goes to plan, and the accolades will go to London. Of course any accolades will go to London, and also to Washington USA. After all this is where the whole thing is actually being run from. The locals will be merely following orders. The Red Claw
  • Score: 4

10:13am Sun 22 Jun 14

Ceri says...

Terry Mathews, a very very clever man has brought positivity to Newport at it's neediest times; However, there is always a price to pay when celebrities and politicians become involved.... Not being funny, but I think we all need a police escort through Newport in this day and age! (especially when we pay taxes!) There will be major disruption to our every day routines to work... Our employers will say "you should have planned your journey in advance", problem is, how do you plan unplanned issues by the time? If I'm late for work I get reprimanded... And if it happens consistently, I could lose my job... (As it happens I no longer work in Newport). I do feel sorry for the police because they are so stretched it's unreal... Politicians have a lot too answer for!!!
Terry Mathews, a very very clever man has brought positivity to Newport at it's neediest times; However, there is always a price to pay when celebrities and politicians become involved.... Not being funny, but I think we all need a police escort through Newport in this day and age! (especially when we pay taxes!) There will be major disruption to our every day routines to work... Our employers will say "you should have planned your journey in advance", problem is, how do you plan unplanned issues by the time? If I'm late for work I get reprimanded... And if it happens consistently, I could lose my job... (As it happens I no longer work in Newport). I do feel sorry for the police because they are so stretched it's unreal... Politicians have a lot too answer for!!! Ceri
  • Score: 1

10:20am Sun 22 Jun 14

slimboy88 says...

Katie Re-Registered wrote:
"Protected People"? Hang on, I thought it was the job of the police and security services to protect ALL of us not just 150 souls?! After all, 'we're all in this together' (as our glorious leaders are so fond of telling us) and...BTW...isn't that what we actually pay our hard-earned taxes out for...???
I think what he is trying to get at when commenting on the "Protected People" is that in order to allow them access to the Summit our police force just need to ensure they have safe passage. They don't actually need to be involved in protection. This would be provided by each delegates security provision such as the Secret Service for Obama.
[quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: "Protected People"? Hang on, I thought it was the job of the police and security services to protect ALL of us not just 150 souls?! After all, 'we're all in this together' (as our glorious leaders are so fond of telling us) and...BTW...isn't that what we actually pay our hard-earned taxes out for...???[/p][/quote]I think what he is trying to get at when commenting on the "Protected People" is that in order to allow them access to the Summit our police force just need to ensure they have safe passage. They don't actually need to be involved in protection. This would be provided by each delegates security provision such as the Secret Service for Obama. slimboy88
  • Score: 2

10:21am Sun 22 Jun 14

slimboy88 says...

Abertillery29 wrote:
I cannot see this bringing any benefit to Newport or Wales. As the Chief Constable says if it all goes well David Cameron will bask in the glory. However, if it goes pear shaped look out . Alose lose situation.
Kobayashi Maru.
[quote][p][bold]Abertillery29[/bold] wrote: I cannot see this bringing any benefit to Newport or Wales. As the Chief Constable says if it all goes well David Cameron will bask in the glory. However, if it goes pear shaped look out . Alose lose situation.[/p][/quote]Kobayashi Maru. slimboy88
  • Score: 0

10:33am Sun 22 Jun 14

jerymp says...

He said the M4 will remain open at all times, adding police have made contingency plans for any problems in the Brynglas Tunnels.
Would be interesting to know how they will guard against the idiots who regularly screw up this section of the motorway .
He said the M4 will remain open at all times, adding police have made contingency plans for any problems in the Brynglas Tunnels. Would be interesting to know how they will guard against the idiots who regularly screw up this section of the motorway . jerymp
  • Score: 1

10:46am Sun 22 Jun 14

KarloMarko says...

What about the now daily Nato combat excercises over Caerleon? Sixteen US F16s nearly took the roof off The Hanbury this morning. They screamed up the river, terrified the local ducks and then their afterburn scorched all the paint off Rosemary Butler's new BMW as she was crossing the bridge. Well, she was using her Afghanistan twinning banner as a headscarf again.
What about the now daily Nato combat excercises over Caerleon? Sixteen US F16s nearly took the roof off The Hanbury this morning. They screamed up the river, terrified the local ducks and then their afterburn scorched all the paint off Rosemary Butler's new BMW as she was crossing the bridge. Well, she was using her Afghanistan twinning banner as a headscarf again. KarloMarko
  • Score: 2

7:45am Mon 23 Jun 14

county mad says...

paddyparry wrote:
Is no one shocked to read that we normally have 200-300 police on patrol in the whole of Gwent? I take it that is over 3 shifts. Does this include the PCSO's? So what do all the others do?
4Shifts to be manned police ststions to be run detectives, road traffic officers,dog units doesnt leave a lot to patrol the streets does it
[quote][p][bold]paddyparry[/bold] wrote: Is no one shocked to read that we normally have 200-300 police on patrol in the whole of Gwent? I take it that is over 3 shifts. Does this include the PCSO's? So what do all the others do?[/p][/quote]4Shifts to be manned police ststions to be run detectives, road traffic officers,dog units doesnt leave a lot to patrol the streets does it county mad
  • Score: 2

7:53am Mon 23 Jun 14

county mad says...

KarloMarko wrote:
What about the now daily Nato combat excercises over Caerleon? Sixteen US F16s nearly took the roof off The Hanbury this morning. They screamed up the river, terrified the local ducks and then their afterburn scorched all the paint off Rosemary Butler's new BMW as she was crossing the bridge. Well, she was using her Afghanistan twinning banner as a headscarf again.
Well I did chuckle at that two comments of karlo marko I agreed with which is the opposite of the norm thanks for the giggles
[quote][p][bold]KarloMarko[/bold] wrote: What about the now daily Nato combat excercises over Caerleon? Sixteen US F16s nearly took the roof off The Hanbury this morning. They screamed up the river, terrified the local ducks and then their afterburn scorched all the paint off Rosemary Butler's new BMW as she was crossing the bridge. Well, she was using her Afghanistan twinning banner as a headscarf again.[/p][/quote]Well I did chuckle at that two comments of karlo marko I agreed with which is the opposite of the norm thanks for the giggles county mad
  • Score: 0

2:18pm Tue 24 Jun 14

nickea says...

I for one am glad we have NATO and dont mind a few day's inconvenience . Good excuse sorry boss cant get in to work cos of Obama Merkel and friends so it be sunbathing in the garden .
I for one am glad we have NATO and dont mind a few day's inconvenience . Good excuse sorry boss cant get in to work cos of Obama Merkel and friends so it be sunbathing in the garden . nickea
  • Score: 1

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