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Gwent use tuk-tuks as ‘safe spaces’ for residents

The force will use the three-wheeled vehicles during the night as well as the day.

Gwent officers will now be patrolling areas of Newport and Abergavenny in tuk-tuks in a bid to provide safe spaces for members of the public. 

They will be used both by officers and ‘ambassadors’ employed by the Newport City Council Business Improvement District initiative ‘Newport NOW.’ 

The vehicles will patrol parks, walkways and other public spaces and will be there to provide crime prevention advice, report incidents to and seek help from. 

Chief Inspector Damian Sowrey said: “[The vehicles] were on show at our Behind the Badge day, giving local residents the opportunity to see them up close and to hear more about how they will be used. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive with parents telling officers that they would feel safer knowing that there was support for young people out at night, and from women who could think of an occasion when the tuk-tuk would have been a welcome sight."

The vehicles have been funded through the Safer Streets programme. 

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