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Free Counter-Terrorism Training for Newport BID Members


Debenhams and Friars Walk have invited Newport Now BID Levy payers to take part in free counter-terrorism training next month.

The training will be delivered by Alan Russ, Counter Terrorism Security Advisor for the Wales Extremism & Counter Terrorism Unit.

The training will cover the following subject areas:

  • Spotting suspicious packages and activity
  • The current threat level and previous incidents
  • How to stay safe and minimise risk
  • Behaviours, awareness and having the correct mind set

There will be two training sessions, both taking place at Cineworld in Friars Walk. These take place on:

  • Tuesday 17th July – 8am-9am
  • Wednesday 18th July – 10am-11am

Please confirm your attendance emailing BID manager Kevin Ward – [email protected] – with details of how many people from your organisation wish to attend which session. Deadline for attendance confirmation is 5pm on Tuesday, July 10.

Meanwhile, Newport City Council has provided an update for businesses affected by last Friday’s huge fire in the city centre which destroyed Bethel Community Church on Stow Hill.

An extended cordon is currently in place on Stow Hill to allow the area to be cleared.

This extended area is expected to be reduced today. The demolition works necessitating the inner cordon area are due to take four to five days to complete.

All works will be undertaken as quickly as possible and the aim is to provide residents, businesses and the public with unrestricted access to the area as soon as possible.

Anyone with further concerns should contact Newport City Council on 01633 656656 or [email protected]