Four men and a teenager are arrested after Swansea riot that saw cars set alight in the street, residents trapped in their homes and seven police officers injured
- A vigil held this week descended into riot when a car was torched amid violence
- Seven South Wales Police officers were injured and five arrests have been made
- Police have called on people with information to come forward to help enquiries
Police have made five arrests including a teenage boy after a vigil for a recently-deceased resident descended into scenes of rioting this week.
The event was held in the Mayhill area of Swansea, south Wales when the situation became violent and police were called.
South Wales Police urged residents to stay inside amid scenes of a car being torched.
Video footage also showed a group of people rolling a car down a hill towards the burning vehicle.
The scene in the Mayhill area of Swansea on Thursday evening when cars were set alight
Police have arrested four men and a teenage boy in connection with the night of violence.
A statement said: ‘The local males aged 36, 20, 18 and 16 have been arrested on suspicion of unlawful violence and remain in police custody.
‘There have been no further incidents of violence or disorder since Thursday night and increased patrols will continue over the weekend.
‘Officers wish to thank those residents who have already come forward and provided witness statements and video footage. However, they are also appealing for more information.’
Police have called on people who witnessed the carnage to get in contact with possible identities
Seven police officers were injured in the disturbance.
Detective Superintendent Gareth Morgan, who is leading the investigation for South Wales Police called on people in the community to come forward with names of those involved.
He added: ‘There are many residents who were present at the scene during the disturbance and will no doubt know the identity of those who caused damage and threatened violence.
‘I urge the public not to protect those who showed such disregard for the community of Mayhill and to give us the names of those who can be seen on social media footage.
The shells of two burned out cars in the Mayhill area of Swansea on Thursday are seen in this picture
Two cars are seen with severe fire damage on the street. The tarmac has also been damaged with the heat of the blaze
‘We have a dedicated team of detectives who are carrying out extensive inquiries to identify those involved and we are ready to act upon any information received.
‘Detectives and uniform officers will be present and visible in the community over the coming days and weeks with further arrests expected.
‘Those that want to hand themselves in can do so at Swansea Central Police Station.’