Safe space session at St Andrews Primary School

12th May 2022

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Jeff Cuthbert, has visited St Andrew’s Primary School in Newport to listen to the community safety concerns of local residents.

Parents and grandparents of children at the school talked openly about places in the local community where they feel unsafe, and shared feedback on what they feel would make living in the area better. 

The information will be fed back to the local neighbourhood policing team to support their work in the community, and partner organisations working in the area.

Police and Crime Commissioner Jeff Cuthbert said: “Listening and acting on information from communities is vital in helping to shape the work of my office and Gwent Police, which works at the heart of our communities every day to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour.

“I was particularly concerned to hear that some members of the community had experienced hate crime. This will not be tolerated, and I urge anyone who has experienced an issue to report it to Gwent Police.”

An officer from Gwent Police’s cyber crime team also provided parents with valuable advice to keep their children safe when using social media platforms. 

Some top tips include:

  • Take time out to have conversations with children and young people about what they post.
  • Keep a check on who children and young people follow.
  • Discourage children and young people from sharing personal information and their social media handle with strangers.
  • Help them understand how to report or block negative behaviour and comments.


Jeff Cuthbert said: “I would like to thank the Newport neighbourhood officers for joining the session to listen to the views of residents, and the cyber crime officer for providing vital information to help keep families safe online.”

To report an incident call 101 or contact the social media desk @gwentpolice on Facebook or Twitter. Crimes can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers 0800 555 111

In an emergency call 999.

Silent Solution: In an emergency where you cannot speak, dial 999 and press 55 when prompted and your call will be transferred to the police.