FEARS OF MORE SATURDAY-NIGHT GANG-WAR VIOLENCE IN PENARTH

Penarth Athletic Club overlooks Penarth Athletic Grounds where its now alleged rival armed gangs from Cardiff and Barry regularly confront each other on Saturday nights

Penarth Athletic Club overlooks Penarth Athletic Grounds where its now alleged rival armed gangs from Cardiff and from Barry regularly confront each other on Saturday nights

Penarth Athletic Ground is walled - and relatively secluded. The gangf clashes have absolutely no connection with Penarth Athletic Club or any of its members

Penarth Athletic Ground is walled – and relatively secluded. The gang clashes have absolutely no connection with Penarth Athletic Club or any of its members

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”.

Station Approach where diners in local restaurants witnessed violent incidents on Saturday night. The CCTV camera is said to be inoperative

Station Approach where diners in local restaurants witnessed violent incidents last Saturday night. The CCTV camera is said to be inoperative

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.

Penarth Athletic Ground is walled - and relatively secluded. The gangf clashes have absolutely no connection with Penarth Athletic Club or any of its members

Penarth Athletic Ground is walled – and relatively secluded. The gang clashes have absolutely no connection with Penarth Athletic Club or any of its members

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 .

Plymouth Road, Penarth where police carried out multiple arrests on Saturday night

Plymouth Road, Penarth where police carried out multiple arrests on Saturday night

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.  “

 

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15 Responses to FEARS OF MORE SATURDAY-NIGHT GANG-WAR VIOLENCE IN PENARTH

  1. David Moorcraft says:

    I believe that for several years now, the pedestrian gates into the Athletic Field have been locked on Friday and Saturday nights. Only the Main entrance on Lavernock Rd is left open. Presumably the gangs are vaulting over the gate leading to Robinswood Crescent ?

  2. lesley withers says:

    Approximately ten years ago we had a huge amount of trouble in the lane behind Llandaff Close every weekend; people coming from the athletic ground screaming and shouting till the early hours, drunken and lewd behaviour, criminal damage. It was frightening and very stressful. The residents, in despair lobbied police and councillors at Pact meetings until finally it was agreed to lock the pedestrian gates at the weekend. Things calmed down. This new situation fills me with dread and must be stopped now. Presumably police are now anticipating the gathering of these gangs, so should be able to stop any violence before it starts. Are the gates still locked at weekends, can anyone clarify please?

  3. cariad. says:

    What is the point of having camera’s if they don’t work, another waste of money. What are Penarth Town councillors doing for Penarth, it seams that they are a waste of space.

    • Danny Oakentrode says:

      Just to be clear, the cameras are operated by the Vale of Glamorgan Council. If you look on Penarth Town Council’s website, you can see the tasks for which they are responsible.

    • AK says:

      Stopping gang fights is not the job of a councillor.

  4. snoggerdog says:

    this is an overheard conversation by a youngster in a pub,so take it with a large pinch of salt ! supposedly 38 somalians came over to penarth on the train had ruck with 20 or so penarthians & when an adult penarthian intervened,got stabbed with a screwdriver.whether any of this happened l coudnt confirm so large pinch of salt,maybe i shouldnt be ear wigging!

  5. Andrew Worsley says:

    I totally agree with you cariad, and ask yourself why are gangs from Barry and Cardiff coming to Penarth ? the answer is NO WORKING CCTV CAMERAS …NO POLICE ON PATROL, CERTAINLY NOT FOOT PATROLS.. of course we already know the CCTV cameras are working in Barry and Cardiff and we can assume more Police on the streets. When I ask ,’WHEN’ are the people and the town of Penarth going to stop being just an ‘afterthought’ by the Council?, if they cannot get their act together , resign on mass , we wont miss you, as we are hardly aware your around , unless it comes to some sort of ‘cuckoo’ idea or ‘flight of fancy’ or act of vandalism ( the trees). This so – called Council do not know what the word priorities means , much less put them into practice. So now Penarth has become a modern version of the wild west , where gangs are meeting up for showdowns ??? So whilst more businesses are opening up in the town to attract more visitors , the Council does not think its , its job to improve things , no sprucing up of the street furniture in the centre of town , no improving the pavements , no repairing the CCTV cameras , no all that is put aside to create a cutting edge CHILDRENS PLAYGROUND no one asked for and viewing platform that is hardly or seldom used . This Council is a joke, albeit a ‘sick one’ they are being paid to do their so called JOB which judging by results , or the lack thereof is ‘daylight robbery’ . And all the people who now will feel afraid to go out at night because of the fear of roaming gangs on drink or drugs will know who NOT TO VOTE FOR next time there is an election ,I suggest you make a note of the Councillors names and pin it on a calendar.

  6. Paul says:

    “tribal gang fights.”
    Thats about the size of it; whether you chose to believe it or not. This country is no longer a “Christian” country, but its fast turning into a multifaith and pagan one, where any religion goes, you just need to have some sorta faith or belief system, as long as its not Christian, thats a no no. Therefore “the gloves are off”, anything and everything goes. No accountability, responsibility, no restraints against any kind antisocial or immoral behavior, except they claim they mustav their human rites, to enable them to do, what they want, when they want, and no one has any rite to stop them doing so.
    “As ye sow, so shall ye reap” (not a harvest) but a veritable anti-social whirlwind.
    You ain’t seen nuthin yet, folks……………….

    • Woowoo Wizzywoo says:

      Nonsense. Religion is a poison, and if we are no longer in a Christian country, that is a huge step forward, as we abandon superstition. My morality comes from concern for my fellow human beings, not from a Bronze Age collection of folk tales that teaches that genocide, slavery, rape and incest are perfectly acceptable. It amazes me how many bible-thumping hypocrites have never actually read the bible, but choose the parts that reinforce their family, or Sunday school, indoctrination, ignoring the parts they don’t like.
      All religions can be safely abandoned, as they are all founded upon nonsense – the ‘revealed truths’ of manipulative frauds. The sooner our lives are founded on what is actually real, here and now, and not on wishful thinking and fear, the better our precious lives will be.

      • Paul says:

        “Religion is a poison, and if we are no longer in a Christian country, that is a huge step forward, as we abandon superstition”
        Dont get in a tizzy, Wizzy:

        Paganism encompasses a diverse community with some groups concentrating on specific traditions, practices or elements such as ecology, witchcraft, Celtic traditions or certain gods. Wiccans, Druids, Shamans, Sacred Ecologists, Odinists and Heathens all make up parts of the Pagan community.
        No difference to some of the practices of the ethnics we have living here, with more to come. “Quart into a pint pot”.
        Welcome to the State of multi-ethnicity. as all history, culture progress, and the dominant religion, that made this once proud,determined and fierce country, great (yes even that) is quickly eradicated and “britain” will be no more……………………………..

      • Woowoo Wizzywoo says:

        I can see now that a rational viewpoint will have no effect on your beliefs.

  7. Andrew Worsley says:

    Err Paul I hate to mention it , but tribal warfare I IS NOT, WAS NOT , THE SUBJECT we were , or i was speaking about the Council letting down the tax paying people in Penarth by not getting their priorities right and putting law and order at risk from outsiders. As for the Police , almost as bad , if you can find one that is , as for the fighting outside the railway station , they stated the CCTV could have been used to catch people in the act but UNFORTUNATELY I REPEAT UNFORTUNATELY it was out of order, the very thing that they were put in place to record and prevent, OUT OF ORDER…. NOT WORKING ……probably been like it for months if not years , to me that is without doubt , dereliction of duty by the Council and creating false assurances to the public at large. The cameras were installed to prevent crime and unlawful behaviour and to reassure the people, if they are not working then that same public have been duped . I suggest to bodies running such a forum like this to discover just how long all the CCTV cameras have been just so much junk on poles or to be more precise NOT WORKING , as we were told the CCTV were not working but for how long is that?

    • Paul says:

      Well Andrew, this sub heading was what I was referring to:
      “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.”
      Therefore my statement (also qualified) still stands.
      I agree totally with your statement on the lack of CCTV not working in the Penarth area, an the reasons why……………..

  8. AK says:

    No police presence, no CCTV – a recipe for bad behaviour.

    (Gang fights are nothing new)

    What we need are some arrests and punitive sentences if they are found with knives and other weapons. This is an issue for the police and the courts to stamp on hard.

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