MARK Drakeford has warned that violence seen in Swansea last night "will not be tolerated anywhere in Wales."

Police were called to the Mayhill area of Swansea last night as large-scale disorder saw cars set on fire and homes bricked.

Police warned people to stay indoors amid chaotic scenes on the streets of the city’s Mayhill area on Thursday night.

Images and footage posted on social media showed cars on fire in the middle of the road and crowds cheering as a vehicle was rolled down a hill.

South Wales Police superintendent Tim Morgan said that what was believed to have started as a vigil for a recently-deceased local resident had escalated into “violence, criminal damage and a wanton disregard for public safety”.


Superintendent Morgan urged Mayhill residents to stay indoors during the incident which involved a car being set on fire and pushed down a hill.

Police officers at the scene worked to de-escalate the situation and allow other emergency services to access the area.

“Those involved can expect to face robust action," he said, adding that post incident investigations will aim to identify all those concerned.

South Wales Police maintained a "very visible" presence for the rest of the night and into the morning, and warned that is those involved chose to return and further threaten public safety "they will be robustly dealt with by numerous police resources."

"Our focus will now turn to fully investigating Thursday evening’s events."

First minister Mark Drakeford condemned the violence.

He said: "The violent scenes in Swansea last night were completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated anywhere in Wales.

"Thank you South Wales Police Swansea for bringing the situation under control and continuing to monitor it closely this morning."

Local Senedd member Tom Giffard called the scenes “disturbing”, while Welsh secretary and Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire MP Simon Hart said:

“A tough night for the police dealing with such reckless behaviour. No excuses, police right to robustly respond.”