Message from Local Policing Inspector following Halloween night trouble
Written by Gavin on 2nd November 2021
Parents are urged to take more responsibility for their children following a spate of incidents on Halloween night involving groups of youths.
Police received reports from residents about cars and houses being targeted by youths throwing eggs and fireworks throughout the evening.
A number of separate investigations have been launched to identify those involved in disturbances, and parents are being warned that their children face being arrested.
In one incident, police officers were pelted with objects while responding to calls from residents in Rhydyfelin.
An hour later, a police van which was attending an emergency was targeted with fireworks and eggs on the Cae Fadre estate in Tonteg.
Nobody was injured but a police vehicle was damaged.
Local Policing Inspector Leigh Parfitt, said: “My message is simple – anybody involved in these disturbances can expect a knock on their door. We do not just respond to incidents – in each case we have launched investigations which will utilise body worn cameras and local CCTV to identify those who took part.
“It is by chance that nobody was injured last night –throwing things like eggs at a moving vehicle can cause a serious collision and properties being targeted with fireworks puts its occupants in serious danger.”
Police patrols were stepped up last night in anticipation of increased calls about antisocial behaviour from residents as part of Operation Bang and these patrols will continue through to November 5th. Neighbourhood policing teams have also been busy asking retailers not to sell eggs and flour to people under 18 to prevent them from being used in antisocial behaviour.
Inspector Parfitt added: “Parents have a responsibility to know what their children are up to. Halloween and Bonfire night is no excuse for this type of behaviour and it will not be tolerated. I am urging people to take more responsibility before something far more serious happens.”