Police have urged parents to come forward with information after a large-scale disturbance in Cardiff city centre on Saturday night, the brawl involving local youths left six people injured including some with stab wounds.
Four people have been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder after a huge fight broke out as bars in the Queen Street area of the city prepared to close at 10pm.
Witnesses described seeing people running for cover as two groups, some armed with weapons, clashed.
At least one person has been reportedly taken to hospital in a serious condition with a head injury as a result as the fighting.
Police said they believed the incident was “isolated” however said that it was thought to involve local youths rather than drunken loiters.
Police have urged parents who believe their children may have been involved in the violence to come forward and aid them with their investigation into the matter.
Police confirmed a taser was deployed and used in order to detain one man; who police said had obstructed officers responding to the incident. He is not believed to have been involved in the disorder.
Video of what we saw happen in #cardiff #queenstreet. The man was pepper sprayed and tasered for resisting arrest while a man was unconscious receiving paramedic help. Over 20 police vehicles present. Hope everyone is safe pic.twitter.com/6CSgfUwWZv
— Anna (@annamainolann) November 22, 2020
Detective superintendent Esyr Jones from South Wales Police said: “This was a violent and completely unacceptable incident, which has understandably caused alarm within the local community.
“A team of 20 detectives are currently investigating the incident, trawling through vast amounts of CCTV and speaking to a number of witnesses, and I want to reassure the public that we will be relentless in identifying and arresting all those involved.
“This appears to have been an isolated incident involving local youths, all of whom can expect to find officers knocking at their doors as inquiries progress.
“We work closely with a wide range of partners to ensure that incidents of this nature are rare and the public should be assured that Cardiff remains a safe place in which to live, work and visit.”
He added: “We are continuing to appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident or who has information which could assist the investigation to come forward.
“In particular, I’d urge any parent who suspects their child was involved in any way to come forward.
“Tackling knife crime is the responsibility of us all and any parents who have suspicions about their children being involved are not protecting them by remaining quiet.”
Contact police via 101, quoting occurrence 2000424668. Or phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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