Police hunt rioters who set vehicles alight in Swansea violence

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Rioters set vehicles alight and rolled them down a hill during an outbreak of large scale disorder in Swansea.

The trouble in the Mayhill area of the city started as a vigil to a local man who had recently died before “escalating into violence, criminal damage and a wanton disregard for public safety,” said Supt Tim Morgan of South Wales Police.

Images and footage posted on social media showed cars on fire in the middle of the road and crowds cheering as a vehicle was rolled down a hill.

One family told the BBC that their 90-year-old mother had her windows smashed and was being evacuated — but did not want to be identified as they did not “want to be targeted”.

Another resident said: “Police initially turned up and got out of the van to try to stop what was happening but they got pelted with rocks and then they got back in the van and left.

“There were loads of teenagers and they were rolling a car down the street and setting cars on fire.”

Mr Morgan added: “Those involved can expect to face robust action. Post-incident investigations will also aim to identify all those concerned.”

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