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Ely disorder: Investigative update

South Wales Police is continuing to investigate serious disorder which happened in the Ely area of Cardiff on Monday, May 22.

The disorder followed a fatal road traffic collision in Snowden Road, Ely, which tragically claimed the lives of best friends Kyrees Sullivan and Harvey Evans.

Our thoughts are with their families and friends, and everyone affected by this terrible incident. The families continue to be supported by family liaison officers.

  • In relation to the disorder, nine people have now been arrested.
  • Five of the nine were arrested early this morning (Thursday, May 25).
  • Four males aged 16, 17, 18 and 29 were arrested in the Ely area and one man aged 21 was arrested in Tremorfa. They all remain in custody on suspicion of riot.
  • This follows four arrests on the night and day following the disorder of two 15-year-old boys from Ely and Llanrumney, a 15-year-old girl from Roath and a 16-year-old boy from Ely. They are all on police bail pending further enquiries,

During the incident several vehicles were set alight, property was damaged, police officers were injured, and people were scared in their own homes.

More arrests are expected as we continue to identify those involved.

As part of the investigation so far, over 180 pieces of body worn footage from police officers at the scene has been recovered and officers are going through hundreds of hours of public CCTV and videos posted on social media.
We are still appealing for witnesses, information, and footage from mobile phones. CCTV and social media.
We are extremely grateful for the support from the community so far and urge anyone with information to contact us.
South Wales Police has made a mandatory referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct to ensure the matter receives independent scrutiny.

We will provide them with all the information we have, and they will undertake an independent investigation into the circumstances leading up to the collision.

Information and digital footage can be submitted online via a public portal https://mipp.police.uk/operation/62SWP23B72-PO1