'We'll be Ready for NATO'

Gwent Police is leading on the security for the event which will be hosted by the Celtic Manor Resort between September 4th and 5th 2014. In one of the biggest policing operations ever undertaken in the UK, extra officers and staff will be drafted in from all over Britain in the run up to and during the event.

Whilst security of the summit will be a priority, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Ian Johnston, wants to reassure local communities that this will be no more important than ensuring residents continue to receive an effective policing service.

"Much of the detailed planning has yet to be finalised but when hosting an event of this magnitude there is likely to be some disruption in and around the vicinity of the summit," says Mr Johnston.

"However, I want to reassure our residents that we will be ready and that Gwent Police and its partners will be doing all they can to reduce the impact on those communities directly affected. In the coming weeks and months, residents and businesses which could be affected by the summit will be contacted by specially assigned officers tasked with local engagement. Our neighbourhood officers will also continue with their normal duties of patrolling the surrounding areas of Gwent and protecting and reassuring our communities during the summit."

He added: "The Force will be working closely with other agencies and organisations to help minimise any issues regarding traffic congestion, noise or litter and details of any road closures, diversions or likely travel delays will be conveyed to residents prior to the event."

Anyone with questions or concerns about how the event might impact them can contact the Gwent Police NATO summit Planning Team by emailing NATOSUMMIT@gwent.pnn.police.uk  or calling 01633642449.