Huge police presence as three stabbed and others injured in ‘large disturbance’
Three people have been stabbed and three others have been injured following reports of a “large disturbance” in Cardiff last night.
A huge police presence was seen in the Welsh city on Saturday evening as punters were evacuated for nearby bars during the incident.
Queen Street, one of the main roads in the city centre, was cordoned off while officers remained at the scene.
South Wales Police said six people have been taken to, or self-presented at, hospital.
One of them suffered head injuries and remains in a serious condition, police said.
Three others are believed to have sustained stab wounds, South Wales Police added.
Two more people attended hospital with lesser injuries, according to the police force.
South Wales Police initially said two people had been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and are in custody in Cardiff Bay.
An updated statement on Sunday says four people have been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and detectives are continuing to investigate.
A police spokeswoman told Wales Online on Sunday that three people remain at the University Hospital of Wales, with another currently at Llandough Hospital.
While serious, none of the injuries are believed to life-threatening.
She said: “Four people have been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder. A Taser was also used to detain one man who was obstructing officers responding to the incident. He is not believed to have been involved in the disorder.”
Detective Superintendent Esyr Jones added: “This was a violent and completely unacceptable incident which has understandably caused alarm within the local community.
“A team of twenty detectives are currently investigating the incident, trawling through vast amounts of CCTV and speaking to a number of witnesses, and I want to reassure the public that we will be relentless in identifying and arresting all those involved.
“This appears to have been an isolated incident involving local youths, all of whom can expect to find officers knocking at their doors as enquiries progress.
“We work closely with a wide range of partners to ensure that incidents of this nature are rare, and the public should be assured that Cardiff remains a safe place in which to live, work and visit.
“We are continuing to appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident or who has information which could assist the investigation to come forward. In particular, I’d urge any parent who suspects their child was involved in any way to come forward.
“Tackling knife crime is the responsibility of us all and any parents who have suspicions about their children being involved are not protecting them by remaining quiet.”
The police force said in a statement late last night: “We are investigating a large disturbance which occurred in Cardiff city centre on Saturday night.
“Multiple reports of a violent incident on Queen Street were received at around 9.50pm.
“Six people have subsequently been taken to, or self-presented at, the University Hospital of Wales with various injuries.
“One person suffered head injuries and remains in a serious condition, while three others are believed to have sustained stab wounds.
“Two others have presented at hospital with lesser injuries.
“Two people have been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and are currently in custody in Cardiff Bay.
“An investigation is underway to establish the full circumstances, and anyone who witnessed the incident or events prior of after to it, is urged to contact police via 101, quoting occurrence 2000424668.”
One eyewitness shared a video on Twitter showing a number of police cars and ambulances.
Another passer-by said there were about “50 emergency service vehicles” on the street.
One eyewitness has described a “mass brawl” outside Central Bar on Windsor Place on Saturday night.
He said: “It was 9.45pm outside Central Bar when the incident started. There were around 15-20 males fighting outside.
“One group then ran towards Sainsbury’s pursued by the other, one with a chair over their head. This was throw and hit a parked car.
“Police were called at 9.46 and arrived on scene at around 9.48.”
Eyewitness Sophie Zermatten, 27, said: “I heard a lot of police sirens so went to see what the noise was.
“There was a large area by the Capitol Shopping Centre cordoned off and another area nearby.“
She added: “There were lots of police cars and officers.
“It looked like the incident was over by the time I had got there, but it was clear that something big or serious had happened by the sheer number of police involved.”
A 20-year-old from Fairwater was at the Ernest Willows pub in City Road when police arrived.
The man, who only wanted to be known by his first name Ryan, said: “I was with my friends (in the pub) and we were suddenly told to leave.
“We heard a bartender/server say they heard (something like) fireworks and we all had to leave immediately.
“I didn’t hear anything myself, but once I left the pub onto the road it was was blocked off at the end by Newport Road.
“Outside the pub was covered in police cars vans and officers standing on the road. I asked an officer what had happened – but was told that they could not tell me.”
Masters student Elizabeth Winter, 25, was having a walk in the city centre when she saw a large police presence at the top of city road.
She said: “There was a group of young men shouting at police. There were around four or five officers shouting back.
“I overheard someone saying that someone had been ‘cheffed’ – street slang for a stabbing.”
Another picture from Cardiff city centre shows an area of Windsor Place cordoned off by police.