Balaclava-clad protesters have been seen throwing fireworks and missiles at police and lighting fires amid “large-scale disorder” on a Cardiff street.
Riot police with dogs were deployed to the scene of a serious traffic accident just after 8:10 p.m. tonight, which has since turned into scenes of violence.
Garbage, mattresses, chairs and sofas in the street reportedly caught fire, with huge flames at the scene on Snowden Road in Ely.
A large crowd gathered with objects, including a door and paving slabs, which they reportedly threw at police and their vehicles.
The road between Wilson Road and Jackson Road is reportedly closed and police have asked the public to avoid the area.
Riot police with dogs have been deployed at the scene of a serious traffic accident
Garbage was also reportedly set on fire at the scene on Snowden Road in Ely.
Riot police in Ely, Cardiff, joined the emergency services at the scene of an accident after objects were thrown at officers.
Riot policemen with shields and full protective gear were seen on the street
A topless, masked man is shown standing in front of riot police in Cardiff tonight.
Scenes broadcast live on YouTube showed youths throwing fireworks and other missiles at a line of police with riot shields blocking one end of the street.
A police helicopter, riot police with shields and full protective gear and dogs are on the scene.
Police have said they are “reducing the ongoing disorder” at the scene of a “serious” traffic collision in Cardiff.
At 8:20pm on Monday night, emergency services announced that they were at the crash site on Snowden Road in Ely.
The public was warned that the road was closed between Wilson Road and Jackson Road and urged to avoid the area.
Police were called to the scene of a serious highway collision this afternoon.
Crowds were seen gathering as the scenes of destruction unfolded.
South Wales Police tweeted shortly after: “A large number of officers are now working to manage the collision, but also to reduce the ongoing disorder at the scene.” “We urge all involved to leave the scene immediately and ask local residents to stay away while the matter is brought to a safe conclusion.”
An hour later, police said emergency services remained on the scene and reiterated the importance of people staying away from the area.
The force added: “Please avoid speculation, we will bring you the latest details as soon as we can, all our updates must be factual.”
South Wales Police said earlier after the crash that a number of officers are working to “manage the collision, but also to reduce the ongoing disorder”.
“We urge all involved to leave the scene immediately and ask local residents to stay away while the matter is brought to a safe conclusion.”