Balaclava-clad thugs attack cops by throwing paving slabs at them and set fire to rubbish on street as riot police are deployed to scene of crash in Cardiff
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Riot police have been deployed at the scene of a serious road crash which has developed into ‘large scale disorder’ in Cardiff, as thugs wearing balaclavas were seen throwing objects at officers and lighting fires in the street.
Rubbish, mattresses, chairs and sofas have reportedly been set on fire in the street, with huge blazes at the scene on Snowden Road in Ely.
A large crowd gathered with objects, including a door and paving slabs, reportedly thrown at police and their vehicles.
The road between Wilson Road and Jackson Road is reportedly closed and police have asked members of the public to avoid the area.
There have also been reports of thugs throwing fireworks at police in the Cardiff suburb and cars set on fire.
Riot police with dogs have been deployed at the scene of a serious road crash
Rubbish has also reportedly been set on fire at the scene on Snowden Road in Ely
Riot police in Ely, Cardiff have joined emergency services at the scene of a crash after objects were thrown at officers
Riot police with shields and full protective gear were seen in the street
A topless, masked man is pictured standing in front of riot police in Cardiff tonight
A police helicopter, riot police with shields and full protective gear, and dogs are at the scene.
Police have said they are ‘de-escalating ongoing disorder’ at the scene of a ‘serious’ road traffic collision in Cardiff.
At 8.20pm on Monday night, emergency services announced they were at the scene of the crash on Snowden Road in Ely.
The public were warned that the road was closed between Wilson Road and Jackson Road and urged to avoid to area.
Police were called to the scene of a serious road collision earlier this evening
Crowds were seen gathering as the scenes of destruction unfolded
South Wales Police tweeted shortly after: ‘There is now a large number of officers working to manage the collision, but also to de-escalate ongoing disorder at the scene. ‘We urge anyone involved to leave the scene immediately and ask local residents to stay away while the matter is brought to a safe conclusion.’
An hour later, police said emergency services remained at the scene and reiterated the importance of people staying away from the area.
The force added: ‘Please avoid speculation – we will bring you the latest details as soon as we can – all of our updates must be factual.’
South Wales Police earlier said following the crash that a number of officers are working to ‘manage the collision, but also to de-escalate ongoing disorder.’
‘We urge anyone involved to leave the scene immediately and ask local residents to stay away while the matter is brought to a safe conclusion.’