Published On: Tue, May 23rd, 2023
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Cardiff riots sparked after tragic e-scooter crash as victims pictured | UK | News

A heartbroken mum pleaded with rioters to halt their rampage as her teenage son and his friend lay dying after a scooter crash that sparked mass violence in Cardiff last night.

Kyrees Jordan Sullivan, aged 15, and Harvey Evans, aged 16, both died in the crash, after reportedly being involved in a collision with a bus on Snowden Road, in the suburb of Ely at around 6pm on Monday.

The Mirror reports Kyrees’s hearbroken mum took to Facebook to plead with rioters to allow her son to be taken to hospital. Belinda Sullivan wrote: “My son is still laying on the floor due to this riot. I’m sat at home heartbroken.

“There are two families broken right now. I just want to see my son and I can’t because of this riot that has happened. Pls I beg you all to stop and let my son be moved to hospital so I can see him. We need to see our sons.”

It’s thought troubled flared after it was wrongly reported a police chase had led to the deaths of the two teenagers, according to Alun Michael, the Police and Crime Commissioner in South Wales.

Missiles were hurled at police amid mayhem which saw cars and wheelie bins being torched and up to 12 officers injured, according to reports.

At one point the crowd had swelled to around 150 people with many covering their faces with scarves and masks and engaging in an ongoing battle with riot officers.

A number of arrests have been made in relation to the rioting. The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), which oversees police complaints system in England and Wales, say they have had no referral in relation to the incident.

Specially trained public order officers were deployed, including officers from neighbouring police forces, as several vehicles were set alight, property was damaged and officers were injured.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Travis said: “First and foremost, our thoughts are with families of the two boys who have died following the collision in Ely and with those affected by the disorder which followed. These are scenes we do not expect to see in our communities, particularly a close-knit community such as Ely.”

“We received a large number of calls from residents who were understandably frightened by the actions of this large group who were intent on causing crime and disorder.

“The level of violence towards emergency services and the damage to property and vehicles was totally unacceptable.”

Scenes being livestreamed on YouTube showed young people throwing fireworks and other missiles at a line of police officers with riot shields who were blocking one end of the street.

Shortly before midnight a car was set on fire and burned fiercely, while a second vehicle was overturned and also torched. One person was attacked because rioters thought they were an undercover officer, according to a senior officer at the scene.

Police, including mounted officers on horseback, were seen outside Ely police station in the early hours of Tuesday after suggestions it could be targeted.

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