Disabled woman ‘trapped’ after rioters torch her car in ‘large scale disorder’ – best today news


A disabled woman says she is now “trapped” after mindless rioters torched her car during disorder that broke out in Cardiff last night. Thugs clashed with police during a nine hour stint when officers were called to the scene of a “serious” crash in Snowden Road, in the Ely area of the city, shortly after 6pm on Monday.

Police said the collision “had already occurred when officers arrived”.

Scenes livestreamed on YouTube showed people throwing fireworks and other missiles at a line of officers with riot shields.

Cars, as well as rubbish and wheelie bins, were set alight by rioters, who continued to throw missiles as they were moved through the streets by armoured police.

Jane Palmer, whose Ford Focus was set alight, said she and her family watched from their window as her car was torched.

The family attempted to stop the fire using water from their garden hose – but were unable to prevent it from taking hold and destroying their vehicle, Wales Online reports.

She said: “I’m disabled, so now I’m trapped without my car. Why are they doing this? It’s just silly now.”

South Wales Police said on social media: “Emergency services are at the scene of a serious road traffic collision on Snowden Road, Ely. The road is closed between Wilson Road and Jackson Road. Please avoid the area and take an alternative route.

“There is now a large number of officers working to manage the collision, but also to de-escalate ongoing disorder at the scene.

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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.”

In an update in the early hours of this morning, police said: “Police are continuing to monitor and respond to disorder in Ely. A number of vehicles have been set alight. Arrests are being made. A large police presence remains in the area.”

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