In the wake of last Saturday night’s multiple injuries and arrests – allegedly involving scores of youths from Cardiff and from Barry – evidence is now emerging that the Penarth Athletic Ground is being regularly used as a weekend battlefield for tribal gang fights.
A PDN source says that “over the past few weekends” – usually on a Saturday night – “increasing numbers of youths have gathered at the playing fields where they fight each other as a very large gang”.
None of the youths has any connection with Penarth Athletic Club and most have no connection with Penarth – other than they have decided to use Penarth as a battleground for violent clashes. The groups or gangs travel here by train – and on purpose.
South Wales Police told Penarth Council this week it wasn’t yet clear whether the gang-fight last Saturday night was “pre-arranged” – but local people say that’s exactly what it was. It’s thought unlikely that two massed groups of armed youths from Cardiff and from Barry could have met up on Penarth Athletic Ground on a Saturday night by pure co-incidence.
An authoritative PDN source says it’s understood that one faction emanates from the Grangetown/Riverside area of Cardiff and the opposing gang comes from Barry. Police have not issued any descriptions of those believed to have been involved and (as previously reported by PDN) the “Safer Vale Partnership” CCTV cameras in Penarth are understood to be inoperative .
It’s now emerged that in addition to the trouble in Station Approach and in Plymouth Road Penarth – there were also violent confrontations last Saturday night in some of the quiet suburban streets between the Penarth Athletic Club and Penarth Railway Station.
PDN has received one report of blood being found last Saturday night on the drive and front door of a house in St Mark’s Road near the Athletic Ground.
One well-placed source says some local residents are “now becoming afraid to venture near the playing fields [ Penarth Athletic Ground] as it is apparent that the numbers of youths engaged in this violent disorder are increasing in number – as is their riotous and violent behaviour. “