Po­lice in­jured as youths ram­page

Par­ents told to take re­spon­si­bil­ity as be­hav­iour con­demned:

Cynon Valley - - FRONT PAGE - CATHY OWEN cathy.owen@waleson­line.co.uk

THREE po­lice of­fi­cers were in­jured fol­low­ing a dis­tur­bance in­volv­ing more than 30 youths in Moun­tain Ash.

Res­i­dents also re­ported that threats were made and a front door was kicked in.

Po­lice have said delin­quent be­hav­iour “won’t be tol­er­ated” and called on par­ents to “take some re­spon­si­bil­ity”.

They re­ceived what has been de­scribed as “mi­nor in­juries” af­ter be­ing called to deal with a prob­lem cen­tred around Dar­ran Road on Satur­day night.

A spokesman for South Wales Po­lice said that three youths, aged 14, 15 and 17, have been ar­rested.

Po­lice In­spec­tor Rob Blunt said: “The dis­tur­bance was sig­nif­i­cant and in­volved more than 30 youths. This type of delin­quent be­hav­iour won’t be tol­er­ated and we are treat­ing this in­ci­dent very se­ri­ously in­deed.

“All those in­volved can ex­pect a knock on their door and a visit to the po­lice sta­tion shortly.

“Par­ents can take some re­spon­si­bil­ity as well.

“Any­body who can­not be sure of the move­ments and ac­tiv­i­ties of their chil­dren dur­ing the evenings and on week­ends should be ask­ing ques­tions.

“Those with in­for­ma­tion should call us to en­sure those be­hind last night’s trou­ble are dealt with ap­pro­pri­ately.”

CCTV footage from the area is also be­ing re­viewed.

The leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf coun­cil An­drew Mor­gan said he was “dis­gusted” by what had hap­pened.

He wrote on Twit­ter: “Dis­gusted to hear that sev­eral of­fi­cers have been as­saulted in a dis­tur­bance in Moun­tain Ash town cen­tre in­volv­ing a large num­ber of youths.”

Any­body with in­for­ma­tion can call 101 quot­ing ref­er­ence *409728.

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