Gangs of youths are drinking, fighting and starting fires in Swansea

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Gangs of youths starting fires, fighting and underage drinking have sparked an urgent appeal from police.

South Wales Police said they had received “numerous complaints” relating to anti-social behaviour in the Swansea area in recent weeks, many of which had involved groups of youths.

The force has now urged parents and guardians to ask themselves if they really know what their children are up to.

In recent weeks, officers have dealt with incidents involving underage drinking, fires causing criminal damage, fighting and abusive language.

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Just last week a children’s play area in Pontarddulais was set on fire with recycling bags that had been taken from the street.

Paper and cardboard was strewn all over the play area of Coed Bach Park and meant that young children couldn’t use the park.




Earlier in November, the force also received reports of youths verbally abusing members of staff and causing damage at Tesco in Pontarddulais.

A teenage boy was arrested following an alleged racially-aggravated public order offence at the store.

While an incident a couple of days earlier saw officers called to the supermarket after youths were spotted throwing rocks in the area.

A group of “disrespectful” youths were removed from Morfa Shopping Park on Sunday, November 22 after being abusive to members of the public, as well as staff on site.

The force’s eastside neighbourhood policing team wrote on Twitter that those involved had been “dealt with appropriately and severely” and that “anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated”.

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A spokeswoman for South Wales Police said: “We have had numerous complaints during the last couple of weeks of anti-social behaviour, many of which have involved large groups of youths.

“Your child’s safety and preventing further issues are a priority and we would like to make it clear – underage drinking, fires causing criminal damage, fighting and foul and abusive language is all anti-social behaviour and this will not be tolerated.

“They should also adhere to all Covid-19 legislation and guidelines which are in place to keep everyone safe.

“As parents or guardians you do have an important and valued role to play – we would ask you do you really know what your children are up to?

“Please reinforce the message to your children that they need to behave responsibly when outside of the home to help us keep our communities places for all to enjoy.”



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