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- Police patrols stepped up on Severn Bridges
- Heavy police presence at Coldra and Malpas and M4 overbridges
Speculation continues as to which school President Obama will be visiting on Thursday morning following the announcement by White House; but for “security reasons” it will not be revealed until just hours before his arrival.
Llanwern High School in Newport is one of the schools on the list of possible destinations to be visited by US President Barack Obama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron during this week’s summit.
The school will be given 24 hours’ notice if they are chosen, explained business manager Andy Knight.
The brand new school is one of a handful in Wales with its own Cadet Force and 30 cadets will be forming a ‘guard of honour’ at the summit on Thursday. A top Nato commander is expected to visit the school tomorrow morning to speak to pupils.
RT @Thenewsagent: #Excited to announce, we have been offered a spot @NATOWales #NATOSummitUK selling @sidolisuk and @southwalesargus http:/…— @Gwentydd 01 September 2014
Ieuan Berry took these shots of the helicopters which flew over Newport this afternoon:
Newport Nato summit in numbers:
Information on road closures around Newport can be found here
The main closures are:
Catsash Road is closed from the junction on Belmont Hill on the B4236, to the junction with Roman Road, with access for residents and golf club members only.
Bulmore Road is closed from the Bell Public House in the old village of Caerleon to the junction with Abernant Road.
Here's video of the V-22 Osprey landing and taking off from Bute Park in Cardiff shortly after it came to Newport.
And another from Daniel - this time of our own police helicopter:
Cracking shot by Daniel Cooke of a V-22 Osprey of the Presidential flight passing over Newport today:
Did anyone spot these in the skies this afternoon? The formation including Merlin helicopters and Osprey tilt rotor craft flew above the A449 and on the Celtic Manor and then to Cardiff. Send us your pics using #natonewport
The temporary Newport County AFC Kingsway Centre shop has closed due to a permanent lease being taking out for the unit.
The shop had moved there, provisionally for a fortnight, free of charge while police use Rodney Parade during the Nato Summit.
In a statement the club said: “We would like to thank the Kingsway Centre for donating the shop unit to us for last week and we're currently in the process of working on an alternative venue.”
Ticket are available for the Cambridge United game at the official County website.
Let's hope the other summit doesn't experience dance-disruption like this:
Questions from the audience during the alternative Nato summit are disrupted due to a tap dance class upstairs— Francesca Gillett (@ArgusFGillett) September 1, 2014
Apologies on behalf of our US sister-paper:
Audience gearing up for a talk on the abolition of nuclear weapons at the alternative Nato summit pic.twitter.com/wCMuSTjidi— Francesca Gillett (@ArgusFGillett) September 1, 2014
If you're visiting Newport for the Nato summit, here are some ideas for what to do when it goes quiet:
Another Newport not Cardiff moment:
@latimesworld the nato summit is in Newport not cardiff. Kinda like saying the UN is in New Jersey.— Chris tudball (@christudball) September 1, 2014
Meanwhile at the Alternative summit at the Dolman Theatre in Newport, drones are still on the agenda:
Pippa Bartolotti: "Military surveillance will creep up on people. We should push for Newport to be drone free."— Francesca Gillett (@ArgusFGillett) September 1, 2014
.@AndersFoghR "I have full confidence that the British authorities will address this issue in a very professional and efficient manner"— Emma Mackintosh (@ArgusMackintosh) September 1, 2014
.@AndersFoghR "But taking into account security situation (in general) fighters coming from our countries are travelling to Syria & Iraq.."— Emma Mackintosh (@ArgusMackintosh) September 1, 2014
.@AndersFoghR "Not aware of a direct threat at the summit as such"— Emma Mackintosh (@ArgusMackintosh) September 1, 2014
Argus reporter Emma Mackintosh is covering the media briefing by Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Here's a question we're all interested in:
The Times now asking a question about the UK threat level - could the Summit be targeted? #natonewport— Emma Mackintosh (@ArgusMackintosh) September 1, 2014
Here's what Barack Obama will be up to this week - he's got plenty to do before he comes to Newport. This week, he'll be at 'Laborfest 2014' in Milwaukee, then onto Estonia for a state visit and then to Newport. This is from the Chicago Sun Times. http://bit.ly/1lsFR3m
11:39am Mon 1 Sep 14
The University campus in Caerleon is being used as a police base and accomodation - there must be hundreds of them staying there. The pubs ( and chip shops ) in Caerleon were filled with off duty police over the weekend.
But locally, it's business as usual:
Newport Market Arcade shops open for business throughout the NATO sumit pic.twitter.com/HYTGtKtj6x— Woodstore Reseiclo (@WoodstoreWales) September 1, 2014
Police force bingo aside, it's worth remembering what this summit is for. Here's the view from our sister-paper from across the pond:
This Merlin helicopter over Newport was spotted by silverback:
Another disgruntled Newport resident with a summit-location moan:
Dear #bbcnews NATO isn't in Cardiff, it's in Newport. Please at least get that detail correct. Yours, disrupted local resident.— Claire Peach (@PeachyClair) September 1, 2014
Argus reporter Fran Gillett is at the alternative summit at the Dolman theatre in Newport today:
Chris Cole, from the Drones Campaign Network, opens the Newport Alternative Nato Summit with a talk on drones #nato— Francesca Gillett (@ArgusFGillett) September 1, 2014
Meanwhile, here's a reminder form Newport Bus about how services will be affected during the summit:
**CUSTOMER NOTICE** A reminder to our customers that we will be operating a Saturday service on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th September— Newport Bus (@NewportBus) September 1, 2014
This was some motorcade:
Apart from the formation of helicopters landing at the Celtic Manor, there will be other security exercises around South Wales over the next few days in the run-up to the Nato summit. More
Nice bit of #policeforcebingo from James who spotted these distinctive City of London Police vans in Chepstow.
A formation of helicopters is expected to land at the Celtic Manor today as part of preparations for the Newport Nato summit
A police spokesperson said: “Residents should not be alarmed by these, they are essential to test our procedures alongside our mutual aid policing colleagues and partners from the military. We are grateful to the public for their continued support and we apologise in advance for any disruption these activities may cause.”
If you see the formation - take a pic and send it to us or tweet using #natonewport
Are you playing #policeforcebingo? Tell us who you have spotted this morning - and send pics!
Send us your pics of Nato sightings - helicopters landing on Rodney Parade, blacked out limos swooshing past Cwmbran stadium - we want to see them! Use #natonewport
Police patrols have been reported at tolls on the M48 Severn Bridge with officers guarding gates and patrolling the Newhouse roundabout near Chepstow.
Police were lalso patrolling flyovers on the English side of the M48.
The gates at the tolls are emblazoned with a tri-lingual welcome for visitors 'Welcome - Croeso - Bienvenue'