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Youths riot in Swansea’s Mayhill after ‘vigil’ turns violent

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A major clean-up is underway in the Mayhill and Waun Wen areas of Swansea after large groups of youths gathered last night setting fire to cars and throwing bricks at vehicles and homes.

Video footage shows a car set alight and another being smashed up before being rolled down the steep hill into bollards half way down Waun Wen Road in the city.

South Wales Police urged residents to stay indoors while the matter was brought to a safe conclusion.

Superintendent Tim Morgan said: “What is believed to have started as a vigil to a recently deceased local resident has escalated into violence, criminal damage and a wanton disregard for public safety.

“We have a number of officers at the scene working to de-escalate the situation as quickly as possible and allow other emergency service colleagues to attend to calls in the area.”

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 “Those involved can expect to face robust action. Post incident investigations will also aim to identify all those concerned.”

A large group of youths damaging cars on Waun Wen Road in Mayhill (Image: Social media)

This morning, council teams were already on site to lead the clean-up operation and help make people’s properties safe and secure. This included helping with repairs to damaged doors and windows.

Council officers were also removing any burned-out cars and repairing damaged areas of roads and pavements.

Bollards removed during the disturbances will be replaced with temporary concrete bollards for the time being.

The clean-up underway by the council and members of the community (Image: Swansea Council)

Cllr Rob Stewart, Swansea Council Leader, said: “We are here for the community of Mayhill and Waun Wen. The council is acting quickly to respond to last night’s disorder by cleaning-up damage, reassuring residents and helping make people’s properties safe and secure. We will also liaise with residents in the community to explore if there is any further support the council can give.

“What happened last night is neither reflective of Mayhill and Waun Wen, nor Swansea. These yobs are a minority and their behaviour is disgusting and unacceptable. We are working with South Wales Police to help identify, pursue and prosecute those responsible.

“People have the right to feel safe in their home and community. We will be doing everything we can with the police to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”

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Welsh Secretary, Simon Hart MP said: “Disgraceful scenes this evening from Mayhill, Swansea. A tough night for the police dealing with such reckless behaviour. No excuses, police right to robustly respond.”

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First Minister Mark Drakeford said: “The violent scenes in Swansea last night were completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated anywhere in Wales. Thank you South Wales Police for bringing the situation under control and continuing to monitor it closely this morning.”

South Wales Police Chief Inspector Jeremy Vaughan said: “Saddened and furious at events in Swansea last night. So many families will have been tormented by those responsible, rest assured we at South Wales Police will stop at nothing to find them. We will work hard with others to help and support local residents who deserve better than this.”

Anyone with information or video footage of the events in Mayhill and Waun Wen is being urged to contact South Wales Police.


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Police launch appeal to find missing disabled woman

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South Wales Police have launched an appeal to find missing Waunarlwydd woman, Kelly Randell.

45 year-old Kelly was last seen in Port Talbot on Tuesday 3 May.

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A wheelchair user with one leg, Kelly is described as being around 5ft of medium build with brown hair which is tied up – possibly in a bun.

She was last seen wearing black jeans and a black coat.

She has links to both Swansea and Port Talbot.

South Wales Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen Kelly, or who has information which will help them to find her, to contact them online or by calling 101 quoting occurrence number 2200149152.

(Lead image: Family photo / South Wales Police)

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Man who filmed rape on Ammanford victim’s phone changes plea mid trial

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A man who filmed himself raping an Ammanford woman on his victim’s phone has changed his plea to guilty midway through his trial.

Cameron Hassan, aged 31, of no fixed abode, attacked the woman, raping her as she slept on 21 August 2021.

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Hassan had been on trial at Swansea Crown Court after denying any wrongdoing. However, after the jury was shown the video of the attack and hearing the victim was going to give evidence yesterday (Tuesday, 10 May), Hassan changed his plea to guilty.

Investigating Officer DC Sophie Lambert from Dyfed Powys Police said the victim had shown great strength and determination throughout the investigation.

“I must commend her tremendous courage in coming forward and the tenacity shown throughout the investigation,” she said.

“We hope this case demonstrates that Dyfed-Powys Police acts on serious allegations such as rape and sexual assault with officers working tirelessly to secure justice for victims.

“If you are suffering because of similar abuse, please contact the police, or if you would rather speak to someone in confidence, New Pathways are an independent charity that will support you through every step of the investigation.”

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New Pathways can be contacted at 01685 379 310 or email enquiries@newpathways.org.uk

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Man banned from driving for 12 months for fishing offence

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A man from Merthyr Tydfil who travelled to the River Loughor, near Llanelli to fish using a barbaric and illegal method, has been banned from driving for 12 months as part of his sentence.

Vu Quang Tien pleaded guilty to an illegal fishing charge and also to a charge of obstruction of a Natural Resources Wales (NRW) Fisheries Enforcement Officer on 26 April at Swansea Magistrates Court.

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Mr Tien and two other anglers were witnessed by NRW Fisheries Enforcement Officers deliberately using the illegal foul hooking method of fishing – also known as snatching – at the river Loughor on 15 August 2021. NRW officers attended the site after several reports of illegal fishing were made to NRW’s 24/7 incident call centre by concerned members of the community.

When approached and questioned by NRW officers, Mr Tien and his accomplices showed significant hostility and reluctance to share identification documents which eventually had to be extracted by use of reasonable force.

All of Mr Tien’s fishing tackle and fish, along with his associates’ fishing tackle was seized by NRW Officers at the time of the incident. The district judge on the day at Swansea Magistrates Court gave permission to NRW to confiscate these items permanently from each of them.

The District Judge disqualified Mr Tien from driving for 12 months due to seriousness of the incident, and the premeditated and deliberate action of travelling such a distance to commit the offence.

He was also ordered to pay a total of £2,334 in fines, NRW costs and a victim surcharge.

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Mark Thomas, Fisheries Enforcement Officer for NRW, said: “We would like to again thank Dyfed Powys Police, the local communities and also the law-abiding anglers in the area for their continued support in reporting these illegal fishing activities.

“Foul hooking is a truly barbaric form of fishing carried out by a small minority of anglers in Wales, who have no regard for fish welfare.

“NRW and the Police take these incidents seriously as do the courts.

“Hopefully, the small minority of anglers who may in future, think of using any illegal fishing methods will take heed of the heavy fines and driving ban in this case issued by the courts.”

(Lead image: Natural Resources Wales)

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