More information has been divulged by South Wales Police about the violent clashes involving scores of youths – some of them allegedly armed with knives and metal bars – near Penarth Railway Station last Saturday night.
It’s now been established that there have been 5 arrests so far – with more youths likely to be arrested shortly.
One eyewitness said the incident involved between 20-40 youths of both sexes, and said there had been a “stabbing” or face-slashing incident in Station Approach . Diners in two local restaurants and a wine bar are said to have witnessed events.
The melee in Plymouth Road evidently occured within what should have been the full view of the Stanwell Road CCTV camera. However it’s understood that none of the CCTV cameras in Penarth (operated by the Vale of Glamrogan Council’s “Safer Vale Partnership”) actually works.
Last night Inspector Gary Smart – in response to Cllr Neil Thomas (Labour Cornerswell) – gave Penarth Town Council a detailed briefing on the incident – the most serious outbreak of violence to occur in the town for many years.
Inspector Smart told councillors that the case was a dynamic one – in which enquiries were still in progress and information was still coming in.
The Inspector said that a group of youths had “come across from the Cardiff area” . He said he didn’t know whether or not the fight had been – as he put it – “pre-arranged” .
Inspector Smart said that “disturbances broke out in a couple of areas in Penarth” which the police responded to . One of the areas, he said was “Penarth Rugby Club“ [an area which had not been mentioned previously as a location of the violent clashes ] and “Penarth Railway Station”
Inspector Smart said “The good news for us is that we’ve got lots of witnesses on it, which we are chasing-up at the moment “
He told the council that there had now been 5 arrests and “more people will be coming-in quite shortly” in connection with the incidents. He said that those arrested came both from “South Cardiff” and from Penarth itself and Penarth Police were working on the case with colleagues in Cardiff .
Inspector Short said that the police response to the violent incidents had been “very good”. Police officers from Penarth, from Cardiff and from Barry had called to the scene – including “specialist units”.
Councillors were told it was a “very dynamic and on-going inquiry at the moment” and as “younger people” were involved officers had been active in communities and doing “lots of work in schools” throughout the week since the incident .