THE NEWSDESK: Are you playing Nato police force bingo?

Police have blocked off pedestrian access to Coldra Roundabout.  Pictured is a Police officer from Lancashire Constabulary on the pedestrian path at Chepstow Road. (9800243)

Police have blocked off pedestrian access to Coldra Roundabout. Pictured is a Police officer from Lancashire Constabulary on the pedestrian path at Chepstow Road. (9800243)

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IT IS pleasing that Saturday's anti-Nato protest march through Newport was a good-tempered affair.

Those protesters who took part clearly came to our city with respect, and whatever we believe about the issues surrounding Nato, we should all respect their right to peaceful protest.

There was some very sensible policing - stories of protesters and locals posing with mounted police officers for "selfies" are far preferable to tales of people feeling intimidated by the way any event is policed.

If that policing by consent is damaged in any way, as it has been at other major events, its effects are long-term and very damaging to our society.

Of course, part of the reason Saturday's protest was so genial was that there were far fewer protesters than some sources had led us to believe.

The idea that "up to 20,000" protesters were to descend on Newport - difficult for police planning their operation to know how many would come to the city - always seemed a little far-fetched to me.

Particularly when we were told about the size of the peace camp in Northern Ireland for their summit - seven tents.

Let's hope that genial atmosphere continues during protests on Thursday.

For most of us, although we knew there would be a huge policing operation, the sheer number of officers on the streets of our city is, if not surprising, worthy of note.

And, of course, the number of different forces who are taking part in the policing operation.

Which, of course, has led to an entertaining Twitter game for we locals #policeforcebingo.

So far, I can report in Newport officers from Durham and Lancashire, my colleagues report Merseyside and The Met, other users British Transport Police, Dyfed Powys, Greater Manchester and Hampshire officers.

As the summit draws closer, there will be numerous opportunities for you to take part.

And, don't forget to share your Nato selfies with us on Twitter and Facebook.

As far as images of this summit go, let's ensure it's not all about staged shots of world leaders - local people should get a look-in.

WE'VE been doing stories about Debenham's potentially coming to Newport for 20 years.

So this week, finally seeing the steel for the flagship Friar's Walk store going up, made it feel real - at last.

Building work has also started on a

the multi-screen cinema.

Steel frames – which make up a fraction of the 6,000 tonnes of framing which will be used for the project – have gone up for the new Cineworld cinema behind the site’s perimeter fence.

Developers Queensberry and contractors Bowmer and Kirkland will also soon be demolishing part of the former Iceland building.

High street restaurants Frankie and Benny’s and Chiquito applied for premises licences as part of the development, which is due to open in November next year.

Couple this with the work to the city centre's buildings funded by the Vibrant and Viable Places programme, designed to drive housing-led regeneration in towns and cities, and progress is now palpable.

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2:17pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Mr.Jolly. says...

Nice jollies for the Police paid for standing around talking like old washer women :)
Nice jollies for the Police paid for standing around talking like old washer women :) Mr.Jolly.
  • Score: -26

2:41pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Frankfurt says...

Argus, pick up the news that Obama will visit a local school on Thursday.
Argus, pick up the news that Obama will visit a local school on Thursday. Frankfurt
  • Score: 8

2:49pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Mr Angry says...

Is there one open ?

The kids are lucky , they could have had Prince Charles
Is there one open ? The kids are lucky , they could have had Prince Charles Mr Angry
  • Score: 17

3:22pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Frankfurt says...

Mr Angry wrote:
Is there one open ?

The kids are lucky , they could have had Prince Charles
Yes.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Angry[/bold] wrote: Is there one open ? The kids are lucky , they could have had Prince Charles[/p][/quote]Yes. Frankfurt
  • Score: 3

3:27pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

I'm sure there are law enforcement agencies from all the participating NATO countries in Newport for the next few weeks - like the FBI, CIA and NSA operating in this area, plus European anti-terrorist forces like GSG9 (Grenzschutzgruppe Neun). Of course, they are much more difficult to spot as the majority of them will be operating undercover in plain clothes. Do we get extra points if we spot these?:)
I'm sure there are law enforcement agencies from all the participating NATO countries in Newport for the next few weeks - like the FBI, CIA and NSA operating in this area, plus European anti-terrorist forces like GSG9 (Grenzschutzgruppe Neun). Of course, they are much more difficult to spot as the majority of them will be operating undercover in plain clothes. Do we get extra points if we spot these?:) Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 7

3:42pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Kevin Ward - Editor says...

Frankfurt
The school visit is being reported by the BBC but we are awaiting official verification before we report it, that's how we work.
Frankfurt The school visit is being reported by the BBC but we are awaiting official verification before we report it, that's how we work. Kevin Ward - Editor
  • Score: 7

4:00pm Sun 31 Aug 14

dailoco says...

Met some of the police from Durham on Saturday at the Glebelands gave them the information of the footpath around the park that gives access to Stockton Road under the mainline which they were grateful for.Maybe the powers to be could provide a basic maps for these boys of the parts of the town they have been thrown into. Or maybe they don,t know anyway.
Met some of the police from Durham on Saturday at the Glebelands gave them the information of the footpath around the park that gives access to Stockton Road under the mainline which they were grateful for.Maybe the powers to be could provide a basic maps for these boys of the parts of the town they have been thrown into. Or maybe they don,t know anyway. dailoco
  • Score: 9

4:08pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Frankfurt says...

Kevin Ward - Editor wrote:
Frankfurt
The school visit is being reported by the BBC but we are awaiting official verification before we report it, that's how we work.
It's also being reported by ITV.
[quote][p][bold]Kevin Ward - Editor[/bold] wrote: Frankfurt The school visit is being reported by the BBC but we are awaiting official verification before we report it, that's how we work.[/p][/quote]It's also being reported by ITV. Frankfurt
  • Score: 0

4:11pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Frankfurt says...

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http://www.walesonli ne.co.uk/news/wales- news/nato-summit-201 4-obama-visit-769625 8 Frankfurt
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4:14pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Kevin Ward - Editor says...

As you'll see, other media are carrying 'as reported by the BBC'. The ITV report is clearly the BBC report without attribution.
I'm afraid my newsroom doesn't work like that. We report when we have our own confirmation, which we have now received from the White House.
A report will be online in the next few minutes.
As you'll see, other media are carrying 'as reported by the BBC'. The ITV report is clearly the BBC report without attribution. I'm afraid my newsroom doesn't work like that. We report when we have our own confirmation, which we have now received from the White House. A report will be online in the next few minutes. Kevin Ward - Editor
  • Score: 9

4:19pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Frankfurt says...

Just trying to help.
Just trying to help. Frankfurt
  • Score: -5

4:32pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Kevin Ward - Editor says...

I'm not sure your first comment read like that, but thanks anyway.
I'm not sure your first comment read like that, but thanks anyway. Kevin Ward - Editor
  • Score: 8

4:40pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Stevenboy says...

Frankfurt wrote:
Mr Angry wrote:
Is there one open ?

The kids are lucky , they could have had Prince Charles
Yes.
Nowt so queer as lefties. One lot consider Obama to be a warmonger with the deaths of innocent people on his hands and the others think him a more suitable candidate for greeting kids than someone who's never killed anyone. Odd huh?
[quote][p][bold]Frankfurt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Angry[/bold] wrote: Is there one open ? The kids are lucky , they could have had Prince Charles[/p][/quote]Yes.[/p][/quote]Nowt so queer as lefties. One lot consider Obama to be a warmonger with the deaths of innocent people on his hands and the others think him a more suitable candidate for greeting kids than someone who's never killed anyone. Odd huh? Stevenboy
  • Score: 1

4:55pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Frankfurt says...

It's odd how people interpret the English language these days . I quickly wrote something to alert you to a story of strong local interest which you may have missed and communicated it in the quickest way I know. Next time I'll write a 14 line letter full of platitudes and flowery language.
It's odd how people interpret the English language these days . I quickly wrote something to alert you to a story of strong local interest which you may have missed and communicated it in the quickest way I know. Next time I'll write a 14 line letter full of platitudes and flowery language. Frankfurt
  • Score: -7

5:04pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Freedomguy2014 says...

with all these police security navy warships something will probably go down
with all these police security navy warships something will probably go down Freedomguy2014
  • Score: -4

5:33pm Sun 31 Aug 14

smokintheweed says...

Freedomguy2014 wrote:
with all these police security navy warships something will probably go down
A NATO summit maybe?
[quote][p][bold]Freedomguy2014[/bold] wrote: with all these police security navy warships something will probably go down[/p][/quote]A NATO summit maybe? smokintheweed
  • Score: 11

6:23pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Ollie254 says...

Mr.Jolly. wrote:
Nice jollies for the Police paid for standing around talking like old washer women :)
They are doing as they are told and would probably prefer to be home with their families.
[quote][p][bold]Mr.Jolly.[/bold] wrote: Nice jollies for the Police paid for standing around talking like old washer women :)[/p][/quote]They are doing as they are told and would probably prefer to be home with their families. Ollie254
  • Score: 26

6:31pm Sun 31 Aug 14

33daverave says...

Mr Angry wrote:
Is there one open ?

The kids are lucky , they could have had Prince Charles
Llanwern High is
[quote][p][bold]Mr Angry[/bold] wrote: Is there one open ? The kids are lucky , they could have had Prince Charles[/p][/quote]Llanwern High is 33daverave
  • Score: 1

7:52pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Sheep'n'wellies says...

Stevenboy wrote:
Frankfurt wrote:
Mr Angry wrote:
Is there one open ?

The kids are lucky , they could have had Prince Charles
Yes.
Nowt so queer as lefties. One lot consider Obama to be a warmonger with the deaths of innocent people on his hands and the others think him a more suitable candidate for greeting kids than someone who's never killed anyone. Odd huh?
I wouldn't be so sure about the not killing anyone bit. Poor Diana
[quote][p][bold]Stevenboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Frankfurt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Angry[/bold] wrote: Is there one open ? The kids are lucky , they could have had Prince Charles[/p][/quote]Yes.[/p][/quote]Nowt so queer as lefties. One lot consider Obama to be a warmonger with the deaths of innocent people on his hands and the others think him a more suitable candidate for greeting kids than someone who's never killed anyone. Odd huh?[/p][/quote]I wouldn't be so sure about the not killing anyone bit. Poor Diana Sheep'n'wellies
  • Score: -5

7:40am Mon 1 Sep 14

Mr Angry says...

Stevenboy wrote:
Frankfurt wrote:
Mr Angry wrote: Is there one open ? The kids are lucky , they could have had Prince Charles
Yes.
Nowt so queer as lefties. One lot consider Obama to be a warmonger with the deaths of innocent people on his hands and the others think him a more suitable candidate for greeting kids than someone who's never killed anyone. Odd huh?
Get a sense of humour mate .
[quote][p][bold]Stevenboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Frankfurt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Angry[/bold] wrote: Is there one open ? The kids are lucky , they could have had Prince Charles[/p][/quote]Yes.[/p][/quote]Nowt so queer as lefties. One lot consider Obama to be a warmonger with the deaths of innocent people on his hands and the others think him a more suitable candidate for greeting kids than someone who's never killed anyone. Odd huh?[/p][/quote]Get a sense of humour mate . Mr Angry
  • Score: -4

7:41am Mon 1 Sep 14

Mr Angry says...

33daverave wrote:
Mr Angry wrote: Is there one open ? The kids are lucky , they could have had Prince Charles
Llanwern High is
Oh those poor Kids.

I thought they would have at least got someone important .
[quote][p][bold]33daverave[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Angry[/bold] wrote: Is there one open ? The kids are lucky , they could have had Prince Charles[/p][/quote]Llanwern High is[/p][/quote]Oh those poor Kids. I thought they would have at least got someone important . Mr Angry
  • Score: -5

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