Warning of city centre crime rise as Newport wardens removed

‘DON’T MOVE THEM’: Community safety wardens on the streets

‘DON’T MOVE THEM’: Community safety wardens on the streets

First published in Gwent news South Wales Argus: Photograph of the Author by

CRIME in Newport city centre will rise if community safety wardens are removed, a councillor claims.

Tory member David Fouweather says the previous Conservative administration, of which he was a cabinet member, worked hard to bring down incidents of violence and anti-social behaviour in the city centre.

But this will all be undone, he says, now that a senior head of service has given the go-ahead, without public consultation, to deploy them more frequently to residential areas.

Cllr Fouweather believes the decision was made to help the council enforce its tougher stance on fining dog owners who don’t pick up their pet’s mess – something he has already claimed cannot be properly policed.

The former cabinet member for street services said: “There’s now no cover to tackle anti-social behaviour in the city centre which leaves it vulnerable.

“The city centre is an area of Newport where we have the greatest number of antisocial behaviour incidents.

That dropped when we were in control – we put a dedicated warden team in to deal with the issue and the move was welcomed by traders and police. This is a stupid decision.”

Community safety wardens, previously known as the Estates Ranger Service, were first brought in in 1995 to respond to problems in housing estates.

In 2003 they expanded to cover all residential areas and around two years ago designated city centre wardens were introduced.

Eventually around six wardens were brought from the surrounding housing estates to patrol the main shopping areas five days a week.

Newport council refused to comment, but e-mails shown to the Argus say they will be involved in discussions with the police about daytime and evening issues in the city centre.

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8:10pm Fri 21 Sep 12

chris227 says...

am i missing something is it not the police job to walk through the town instead of riding round in their cars all day. I know walking around that absolute run down tip of a town might not be the most enjoyable thing to do all day but by welsh standards they are on good pay!!
am i missing something is it not the police job to walk through the town instead of riding round in their cars all day. I know walking around that absolute run down tip of a town might not be the most enjoyable thing to do all day but by welsh standards they are on good pay!! chris227
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8:52pm Fri 21 Sep 12

Limestonecowboy says...

the City Centre Wardens have done & are doing a good job as well as being a good contact for the public eg tackling behaviour which might lead to a crime so a vital resource in assisting the police.

I wonder why the 'Head of Service' is not identified & fear Cllr Fouweathers prediction may be correct.

Chris 227 your comments are stupid, ill timed & thoughless - have you not seen what happened in Manchester this week??
the City Centre Wardens have done & are doing a good job as well as being a good contact for the public eg tackling behaviour which might lead to a crime so a vital resource in assisting the police. I wonder why the 'Head of Service' is not identified & fear Cllr Fouweathers prediction may be correct. Chris 227 your comments are stupid, ill timed & thoughless - have you not seen what happened in Manchester this week?? Limestonecowboy
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