Police have released images of people they want to speak to in connection with a major disturbance that happened in the Mayhill area of Swansea in May.
The disorder broke out in Waun Wen Road on the evening of May 20 and saw cars being set on fire before being rolled down a steep hill and residents having bricks thrown through their windows.
The rioting happened after trouble broke out as people gathered for a vigil for 19-year-old Ethan Powell. Mr Powell’s relatives later spoke out against the riots, saying that the teenager would have been heartbroken to see what had happened.
One of the victims worst affected that night shared video footage captured inside his home in Waun Wen Road as he pleaded desperately for police to help protect his family while his windows were being smashed.
Questions were raised about the police’s handling of the riots that evening, with some residents asking where they were and why it took them so long to respond, something which they explained when Wales Online asked them a number of key questions in the days that followed.
The investigation into what happened has continued over the past two months, and so far 31 arrests have been made in connection with the disorder. Meanwhile, it was announced this week that an independent review had been l aunched into the incident.
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As they continue with their investigation, police have now released 11 images, which you can see below, of people they want to speak to in connection with what happened in Mayhill on May 20. Officers believe that the people pictured could have information which could help them with their enquiries into the riots, and are keen to speak to them “as soon as possible”.
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Detective superintendent Gareth Morgan, of South Wales Police, said: “I would like to thank the local community for its assistance throughout the course of our investigations. The large majority that were present that night were not actively involved in the disorder. The critical task for us has been to identify those who were specifically involved in committing criminal offences that evening.
“What happened that night has had a huge impact on many families and people, the effect of which has continued for some time.
“The investigation team have had a challenging task in reviewing in excess of 800 pieces of evidence from CCTV and social media footage which has been obtained. Given that volume of footage any help the public can offer in assisting with identifying these persons is considerable. I appreciate that the quality of the images is not very clear, but I am hoping that people may recognise some of those in the gallery imagery.”
South Wales Police has asked anyone who recognises the people in the pictures, or anyone who has any information which might help them in their ongoing investigation, to contact them either online, via e-mail at [email protected], or by calling 101, quoting reference number 2100176569.
You can also send the force a private message on Facebook or Twitter.
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