Police Make Several Arrests After Rioting and Vandalism in Swansea

Police in Swansea, Wales, have arrested seven people in the wake of a “large scale incident of violent disorder” on Thursday, May 20, which police say started as a vigil.

South Wales Police said cars were torched, homes vandalized and police officers attacked in a major disturbance in the Mayhill area of Swansea.

According to Wales Online, a vigil was held for Swansea City fan Ethan Powell, who collapsed hours after watching Swansea City’s playoff game against Barnsley on May 17.

Powell’s family appealed for calm.

Of the seven arrested, two remained in police custody on Sunday evening, May 23. Five had been released on bail, police said.

Jeremy Vaughan, the chief constable of South Wales Police, said the force would “stop at nothing” to find those responsible.

“Saddened and furious at events in Swansea,” Vaughan said on Twitter. “So many families will have been tormented by those responsible, rest assured we will stop at nothing to find them. We will work hard with others to help and support local residents who deserve better than this.”

This video, recorded by Swansea resident Martyn John, shows a car rolling backwards downhill as another burns during Thursday’s riot. Credit: Martyn John via Storyful