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  • Police patrols stepped up on Severn Bridges
  • Heavy police presence at Coldra and Malpas and M4 overbridges

10:32pm

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.

6:55pm

6:13pm

Ieuan Berry took these shots of the helicopters which flew over Newport this afternoon:

South Wales Argus:

 

South Wales Argus:

6:06pm

Newport Nato summit in numbers:

6:05pm

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.

5:54pm

5:11pm

Here's video of the V-22 Osprey landing and taking off from Bute Park in Cardiff shortly after it came to Newport.

5:01pm

And another from Daniel - this time of our own police helicopter:

4:57pm

Cracking shot by Daniel Cooke ‏of a V-22 Osprey of the Presidential flight passing over Newport today:

4:25pm

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

4:01pm

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.

3:54pm

Let's hope the other summit doesn't experience dance-disruption like this:

3:50pm

Apologies on behalf of our US sister-paper:

2:51pm

2:10pm

If you're visiting Newport for the Nato summit, here are some ideas for what to do when it goes quiet:

1:49pm

Another Newport not Cardiff moment:

1:16pm

Meanwhile at the Alternative summit at the Dolman Theatre in Newport, drones are still on the agenda:

1:06pm

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12:49pm

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:

12:16pm

South Wales Argus:

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

12:09pm

11:39am Mon 1 Sep 14

mr_biscuits says

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.

12:09pm

But locally, it's business as usual:

12:08pm

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:

11:32am

This Merlin helicopter over Newport was spotted by silverback:

South Wales Argus: Mobile Send Your News

11:24am

Another disgruntled Newport resident with a summit-location moan:

11:17am

Argus reporter Fran Gillett is at the alternative summit at the Dolman theatre in Newport today:

10:58am

Meanwhile, here's a reminder form Newport Bus about how services will be affected during the summit:

 

More info here

10:45am

This was some motorcade:

10:43am

South Wales Argus: Police have blocked off pedestrian access to Coldra Roundabout.  Pictured are NATO vehicle information signs outside The Celtic Manor on Chepstow Road. (9800160)

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

10:28am

10:23am

Nice bit of #policeforcebingo from James who spotted these distinctive City of London Police vans in Chepstow.

10:21am

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

10:06am

Are you playing #policeforcebingo? Tell us who you have spotted this morning - and send pics!

9:40am

South Wales Argus:

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

9:37am

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'

 

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10:10am Mon 1 Sep 14

bobmech1 says...

Hampshire, humberside, West Sussex, the Met
Hampshire, humberside, West Sussex, the Met bobmech1
  • Score: 0

11:39am Mon 1 Sep 14

Sally121 says...

Bin collection report. Not the best English, again!
Bin collection report. Not the best English, again! Sally121
  • Score: -5

11:39am Mon 1 Sep 14

mr_biscuits says...

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.
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. mr_biscuits
  • Score: 7

11:43am Mon 1 Sep 14

heresphil says...

Some friendly Greater Manchester police in Tredegar Park this morning. Probably a nice change from inner city policing.
Some friendly Greater Manchester police in Tredegar Park this morning. Probably a nice change from inner city policing. heresphil
  • Score: 16

12:33pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Good Job No Kids says...

Just seems like a massive waste of resources. What are a few dozen bobbies on foot going to do if armed terrorist turned up?

For the main protest I can understand a large presence, but for the preceding week just seems like a waste of time and money.
Just seems like a massive waste of resources. What are a few dozen bobbies on foot going to do if armed terrorist turned up? For the main protest I can understand a large presence, but for the preceding week just seems like a waste of time and money. Good Job No Kids
  • Score: -23

1:05pm Mon 1 Sep 14

davidcp says...

Spotted Durham yesterday. They did look bemused.
Spotted Durham yesterday. They did look bemused. davidcp
  • Score: -3

1:21pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Good Job No Kids says...

Good Job No Kids wrote:
Just seems like a massive waste of resources. What are a few dozen bobbies on foot going to do if armed terrorist turned up?

For the main protest I can understand a large presence, but for the preceding week just seems like a waste of time and money.
Can only assume the thumbs down was from a copper racking up the over time.
[quote][p][bold]Good Job No Kids[/bold] wrote: Just seems like a massive waste of resources. What are a few dozen bobbies on foot going to do if armed terrorist turned up? For the main protest I can understand a large presence, but for the preceding week just seems like a waste of time and money.[/p][/quote]Can only assume the thumbs down was from a copper racking up the over time. Good Job No Kids
  • Score: -31

3:18pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Gareth says...

Good Job No Kids wrote:
Just seems like a massive waste of resources. What are a few dozen bobbies on foot going to do if armed terrorist turned up?

For the main protest I can understand a large presence, but for the preceding week just seems like a waste of time and money.
I can imagine that those few bobbies will do nothing. That's not their job. I assume that such things are the remit of other, less conspicuous, agents.
[quote][p][bold]Good Job No Kids[/bold] wrote: Just seems like a massive waste of resources. What are a few dozen bobbies on foot going to do if armed terrorist turned up? For the main protest I can understand a large presence, but for the preceding week just seems like a waste of time and money.[/p][/quote]I can imagine that those few bobbies will do nothing. That's not their job. I assume that such things are the remit of other, less conspicuous, agents. Gareth
  • Score: -6

4:26pm Mon 1 Sep 14

truthphone says...

Can anyone tell me why none of the police got id numbers on their uniforms
Can anyone tell me why none of the police got id numbers on their uniforms truthphone
  • Score: -2

4:26pm Mon 1 Sep 14

truthphone says...

Can anyone tell me why none of the police got id numbers on their uniforms
Can anyone tell me why none of the police got id numbers on their uniforms truthphone
  • Score: -4

5:27pm Mon 1 Sep 14

marks missus says...

Apparent incident in town with protesters and an innocent old man caught up in the scuffle, police chasing protester and the old man was knocked to the ground and suffered a cut on his head
Apparent incident in town with protesters and an innocent old man caught up in the scuffle, police chasing protester and the old man was knocked to the ground and suffered a cut on his head marks missus
  • Score: -9

7:43pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Markbusa says...

truthphone wrote:
Can anyone tell me why none of the police got id numbers on their uniforms
They have.
[quote][p][bold]truthphone[/bold] wrote: Can anyone tell me why none of the police got id numbers on their uniforms[/p][/quote]They have. Markbusa
  • Score: 7

9:26pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Aquarius says...

Good Job No Kids wrote:
Just seems like a massive waste of resources. What are a few dozen bobbies on foot going to do if armed terrorist turned up?

For the main protest I can understand a large presence, but for the preceding week just seems like a waste of time and money.
I believe there are thousands of police officers. There are - what -16 or so heads of state and their backup teams coming to the area at a time when the threat of terrorism is very high.

And you seriously think this is a 'massive waste of resources'?

Whatever people might occasionally think of the police, they seem to have this well organised and well under control. The police I have seen have been polite and friendly - no matter where they come from. They have a job to do, so why can't we just let them get on with it without moaning? Some of them may well be enjoying the change of scenery, but there may well be some who might well be away from their families for several days (by choice or not).

I don't think they're asking a great deal from us except support and understanding - is it that hard for people like you to provide it?
[quote][p][bold]Good Job No Kids[/bold] wrote: Just seems like a massive waste of resources. What are a few dozen bobbies on foot going to do if armed terrorist turned up? For the main protest I can understand a large presence, but for the preceding week just seems like a waste of time and money.[/p][/quote]I believe there are thousands of police officers. There are - what -16 or so heads of state and their backup teams coming to the area at a time when the threat of terrorism is very high. And you seriously think this is a 'massive waste of resources'? Whatever people might occasionally think of the police, they seem to have this well organised and well under control. The police I have seen have been polite and friendly - no matter where they come from. They have a job to do, so why can't we just let them get on with it without moaning? Some of them may well be enjoying the change of scenery, but there may well be some who might well be away from their families for several days (by choice or not). I don't think they're asking a great deal from us except support and understanding - is it that hard for people like you to provide it? Aquarius
  • Score: 20

9:44pm Mon 1 Sep 14

stjulians says...

Aquarius wrote:
Good Job No Kids wrote:
Just seems like a massive waste of resources. What are a few dozen bobbies on foot going to do if armed terrorist turned up?

For the main protest I can understand a large presence, but for the preceding week just seems like a waste of time and money.
I believe there are thousands of police officers. There are - what -16 or so heads of state and their backup teams coming to the area at a time when the threat of terrorism is very high.

And you seriously think this is a 'massive waste of resources'?

Whatever people might occasionally think of the police, they seem to have this well organised and well under control. The police I have seen have been polite and friendly - no matter where they come from. They have a job to do, so why can't we just let them get on with it without moaning? Some of them may well be enjoying the change of scenery, but there may well be some who might well be away from their families for several days (by choice or not).

I don't think they're asking a great deal from us except support and understanding - is it that hard for people like you to provide it?
Completely with you, the police are here to do a job and they’re doing it.

Under no circumstances are they wasting resources because they’re doing what they do, protect the public and in this case world leaders.

Unfortunately I do believe that in Newport people do believe that “it wouldn’t happen here” as it’s the Welsh way of thinking, and to be honest I’d beg it wouldn’t but would any of us Newportians or anyone in Wales want to be connected with such a complete NATO disaster? No.

Wake up Newport, this is the first time a US president has visited Wales and they’re visiting Newport! Newport handled (quite easily) The Ryder Cup, and we’re about to host NATO, there should be absolutely no negative comments or disregard for UK policing. I would happily see thousands more on the streets than none.
[quote][p][bold]Aquarius[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Good Job No Kids[/bold] wrote: Just seems like a massive waste of resources. What are a few dozen bobbies on foot going to do if armed terrorist turned up? For the main protest I can understand a large presence, but for the preceding week just seems like a waste of time and money.[/p][/quote]I believe there are thousands of police officers. There are - what -16 or so heads of state and their backup teams coming to the area at a time when the threat of terrorism is very high. And you seriously think this is a 'massive waste of resources'? Whatever people might occasionally think of the police, they seem to have this well organised and well under control. The police I have seen have been polite and friendly - no matter where they come from. They have a job to do, so why can't we just let them get on with it without moaning? Some of them may well be enjoying the change of scenery, but there may well be some who might well be away from their families for several days (by choice or not). I don't think they're asking a great deal from us except support and understanding - is it that hard for people like you to provide it?[/p][/quote]Completely with you, the police are here to do a job and they’re doing it. Under no circumstances are they wasting resources because they’re doing what they do, protect the public and in this case world leaders. Unfortunately I do believe that in Newport people do believe that “it wouldn’t happen here” as it’s the Welsh way of thinking, and to be honest I’d beg it wouldn’t but would any of us Newportians or anyone in Wales want to be connected with such a complete NATO disaster? No. Wake up Newport, this is the first time a US president has visited Wales and they’re visiting Newport! Newport handled (quite easily) The Ryder Cup, and we’re about to host NATO, there should be absolutely no negative comments or disregard for UK policing. I would happily see thousands more on the streets than none. stjulians
  • Score: 34
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