Closed circuit television coverage has been posted on YouTube of a late-night attack involving six males at the controversial UKIP drop-in centre at Glebe St. Penarth.
The group is seen congregating outside the UKIP premises at 23:08 on the night of Sunday December 14th. Most of them seem in their late teens or early twenties
One the the group however appears to be older and noticeably keeps his distance from the shop – and the cameras.
One throws an object at the front window . The gang continues to prowl the street – two of its members with half-full beer-glasses in hand. They retreat when passers-by approach, but then re-assemble outside when they think the coast is clear.
Two of the gang walk to the recessed entrance area of the shop, carefully set down their beer glasses on the step and walk into the lobby area as if they are about to urinate there.
One male leaves without doing so – appearing to leave it to his colleague to get on with it. His colleague also then changes his mind, picks up his beer-glass and appears to indicate to his colleagues that he hasn’t drunk enough to urinate just yet. The older man returns to the scene still keeping a distance from the action .
The group then holds back as a by-passer with a backpack looks into the shop window and then turns – appearing to make a remark to the gang.
Once the coast is clear, one of gang returns to the recessed lobby area of the shop and openly urinates over the front door and mosaic step .
The rare original Victorian frontage of the premises, with its unique period exterior tiles, won an award from the Penarth Civic Society for its sympathetic restoration and bears a Penarth Civic Society plaque.
The gang continues to loiter on the scene . One gesticulates aggressively – presumably to people living nearby.
Minutes later a bucketful of soapy water is poured onto the floor of the entrance from within the building to remove the urine . It spills out onto the pavement.
A couple of minutes later one of the group – wearing a hoodie – promptly returns to hurl what appear to be two beer glasses at the step with sufficient force for them to break. He then runs away to join his colleagues across the street. They disappear around the corner into Plassey St.
The whole incident has lasted for over 17 minutes . The sound of what is said – or shouted – in the street seems not to have been captured on the video .
Forty minutes after the start of the incident two police officers arrive on the scene in a patrol car and uses torches to examine the damage. It’s not known whether any fragments of glass at the scene will bear fingerprints to aid the investigation.
The full video is on http://tinyurl.com/nom5mlh