An eyewitness has described a violent clash in a residential Cardiff street which saw a young boy assaulted with a “blunt object”.
Police are investigating reports of an assault involving a group of young men in Wells Street in the Canton area on Wednesday night.
At around 7.30pm two boys, aged 14 and 12, were approached by around 10 males at the junction of Wells Street and Rolls Street.
One of the boys managed to get away after the group demanded an electric scooter from the victims but the second boy was assaulted with what police have described as a “blunt object”. It is understood that some members of the group may have been in possession of knives, a spokesman for South Wales Police said.
Describing the incident one eyewitness told WalesOnline it involved one person carrying a “dagger-style knife”.
Ayesha Scott said: “The boys ran down Chancery Lane, chased by a white Ford Focus, and turned left onto Wells Street.
“The car caught up on the corner of Wells Street and Rolls Street and that’s where the fighting happened. They ran past me and the last boy had a large dagger-style knife in his hand.
“They all had black clothes and coats with hoods up and masks on.”
Eyewitness Ayesha added that one young boy had his coat “slashed” by a knife before he was “carried off limping by his friends”.
She said: “I haven’t seen anything that bad around here before so it was a bit of a shock.”
In a statement released on Thursday a police spokesman said: “Police in Cardiff are appealing for information following an attempted robbery and an assault which occurred on two boys in the Canton area of Cardiff last night (Wednesday, December 30, 2020).
“At approximately 7.30pm two boys, aged 14 and 12, were approached by a group of approximately 10 males at the junction of Wells Street and Rolls Street.
“Members of the group demanded an electric scooter from one of the victims but he managed to get away from them before anything was taken.
“The other boy was approached by the same group and was assaulted with what has been described as a blunt object, potentially a metal bar.
“It is understood that some members of the group may have been in possession of knives. Those responsible had covered their faces, potentially with balaclavas, and some were riding bikes.
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“Anybody who has information about the incident, or who believes they know who was responsible, is urged to contact 101 and give reference *469361. Alternatively they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
“Following this incident, and following reports of other disturbances by residents, South Wales Police issued a section 60 notice which gave officers the authority to stop and search anyone in Canton, Riverside and Grangetown between 8pm and 11pm.”
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