In the wake of the gang violence and arrests which occurred in Penarth last month (October 1st 2016) a further incident has been reported to have taken place in Victoria Road last Saturday night ( November 26th 2016).
It’s understood that a gang of up to seven youths, some of whom were on bikes, had blocked the Victoria Road using traffic cones and steel scaffolding tubes stolen from a front garden .
The “intimidating” youths are said to have concealed themselves in the heavily wooded and dark square around All Saints Church .
As cars stopped at the “road block” the youths are reported to have thrown what one eyewitness described as “large stones” at the cars.
Local residents are reported to have alerted the police at 20:00 hours – and again at 21:00 hours but say that police cars didn’t arrive on the scene until 23:00 hours on Saturday night – at which point the youths are reported to have made a getaway.
Inspector Gary Smart of Penarth Police station said: “Officers attended Victoria Road in Penarth on Saturday evening, following concerns about youth obstructing the road and throwing stones at motorists trying to pass. On arrival a thorough search of the area was conducted, however no youths were located. Advice was given to reporting persons.”
Inspector Smart added “Tackling anti-social behaviour is a key priority for us, and I would like those involved in such activity that there is no place for it in Penarth. It can have a detrimental effect on the quality of life for local communities and can cause people to feel intimidated and fearful, in particular those who may be more vulnerable or elderly. I would urge anyone with any information or concerns about antisocial behaviour to contact us via 101.”