19 Oct 2017

Police in Newtown have made eight arrests in relation to three assaults carried out in the town on October 8.

They have all been released on bail with strict conditions and curfews in place preventing them from visiting certain areas.

Police are also carrying out hi-visibility patrols throughout the town, particularly around the McDonalds area where groups are known to congregate.

They have carried out multiple stop searches and implemented one dispersal order, which moves people away from a designated area for up to 48 hours. If they return before that time is up they face prosecution.

There have been no further violent incidents.

Inspector Jonathan Rees-Jones said: “We are taking these matters very seriously and doing all we can to ensure those suspected of being responsible for the assaults are dealt with appropriately. We’re also carrying out patrols to address periphery issues of groups congregating that are behaving criminally or anti-socially. Newtown is a close-knit community, which Dyfed-Powys Police officers and PCSOs have strong links with. I hope members of the public have felt the effect of our efforts since the assaults.”