Swansea riot: 27 charged after cars were set on fire and properties attacked in Mayhill

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They are aged between 15 and 44 and are due to appear in court next month

Police have said that 27 people have been charged with offences relating to their involvement in the Mayhill riot of May 2021.

South Wales Police say the ages of those charged range from between 15 and 44 and that the charges are mainly for the offence of riot.

Two defendants also face charges of arson with intent to endanger life or being reckless as to whether a life of another would be endangered. They are due to appear in Swansea Magistrates’ court between March 2 and 4, 2022.

Last week, a report into the riot criticised the response of South Wales Police, which refused two requests for a public order unit to be deployed and left cowering residents “unprotected”.

Chief Superintendent Trudi Meyrick, policing commander for Swansea and Neath Port Talbot, said: “Following a thorough investigation by local detectives the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) received files of evidence against these individuals. After detailed consideration by the CPS they have authorised the charges of riot and arson with intent to endanger life be brought.

“The investigation team were resolute in their commitment to fully investigate the disorder that happened that night; residents of Mayhill were subjected to terrible scenes of disorder which caused serious harm and distress to the community.

“The judicial process will now run its course and we await the outcome of that process. In the meantime our local Neighbourhood Policing Team continues to work in partnership with agencies and the local community to tackle the issues that matter most to the residents of Mayhill and surrounding areas.”

Earlier this week an inquest heard that the young man whose death sparked the riots died due to an unintended drugs overdose.

Ethan Powell died after collapsing at his grandmother’s home at Lamberts Road on May 18 last year. He was aged 19.

The inquest on Monday heard how Mr Powell was raised by his grandmother and step-grandfather and attended Trallwn and Birchgrove schools growing up.

Swansea Council Leader Rob Stewart said: “I welcome today’s announcement by South Wales Police on the latest stage of their investigation into the disturbance last May and hopefully it will bring further reassurance to the residents of Mayhill and Waun Wen.

“The scenes that night were unacceptable and as I have said many times not a reflection of these communities. We must now allow the legal process to run its course before commenting further.”

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