Swansea riots: Shocking scenes as rioters set cars on fire after vigil descends into chaos & locals told to stay inside

THIS is the shocking moment a car was pushed down a hill into another blazing vehicle after a vigil descended into chaos in Swansea tonight.

Cops have urged local residents to stay indoors for their own safety after riots broke out on the streets of the Mayhill area.

South Wales Police Superintendent Tim Morgan said what was believed to have started as a vigil for a local resident had escalated into "violence, criminal damage and a wanton disregard for public safety".

Local Welsh Parliament member Tom Giffard called the scenes "disturbing".

Swansea's council leader called it "disgusting behaviour by yobs".

And shocking video footage showed how the scenes descended into chaos.

In one clip, a man can be seen shoving a black car with its doors and boot open down a hill into another vehicle which is already on fire.

The camera turns to show a crowd of hundreds of people cheering as the car crashes into the inferno.

One local said a 90-year-old woman who lives alone had her windows smashed and a man who stepped in to help her had his car set on fire.

"Man living with two young kids – windows put through and had to plead with them to stop because his kids thought they were going to die," the furious local resident wrote on Facebook.

"To the kids involved, hope you're proud."

He added: "I've just seen young children be shuttled past the burning cars and broken glass covering their eyes and s*** scared because of your actions."

Another local said: "Really sad to see the level of violence in Mayhill, Swansea tonight.

"That community will have to fight now for years to remove the stain of the actions of the few, crying shame for the community. Looks absolutely terrifying."

One resident told the BBC the disturbance "all started with some fireworks at around 7.30pm".

"Police initially turned up and got out of the van to try to stop what was happening," he said.

"But they got pelted with rocks and then they got back in the van and left.

"We were trapped in the house with two young kids. They were really scared so I put them at the back of the house."

He added: "There were loads of teenagers and they were rolling a car down the street and setting cars on fire.

"We're getting out of here tonight now and going to stay elsewhere with family just in case they come back."

Supt Morgan said: "We have a number of officers at the scene working to de-escalate the situation as quickly as possible and allow other emergency service colleagues to attend to calls in the area.

"The incident is still ongoing and we urge anyone involved to leave the scene immediately.

"Those involved can expect to face robust action. Post incident investigations will also aim to identify all those concerned.

"In the meantime we urge local residents to stay indoors while the matter is brought to a safe conclusion."

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