Thursday, 20 September 2007

PENARTH: Yobs terrorise Penarth street

Yobs terrorise Penarth street

YOBS who threw rocks off the Cogan Spur flyover at children playing in a Penarth street have provoked outrage among residents.

Children in River Walk, directly under the flyover, had to run for cover on Saturday afternoon after mindless yobs bombarded them with rocks from the Spur - from which pedestrians are banned.

In Saturday's incident, which happened at around 1.30pm, the windscreen of a car parked in the street was smashed.

Stuart Cotterall, the owner of the car, said: "It's amazing someone wasn't seriously injured.

"I was asleep as I was working nights and was woken up by what sounded like gun-fire.

"Rocks had been thrown down into the street from the Cogan Spur.

"Two hit my car. Another hit the wheel of the bike of a boy who was playing in the street.

"The street was full of kids at the time. They were sent running to their houses when they could see what was going on.

"The council and the police need to stop this now, perhaps by increasing the height of the barriers up there."

A spokesperson for the Vale of Glamorgan Council said: "The Cogan Spur flyover is the responsibility of Cardiff County Council and not the Vale of Glamorgan Council."

A spokesperson for Cardiff County Council said: "We cannot comment on matters that have not been reported to the council. As yet this incident has not been reported."

Cllr Paul Church said: "This is a very dangerous situation. Action must be taken immediately to stop this before someone is badly hurt."

And this is not the first time such incidents have occurred, according to Mr Cotterall who said: "On another occasion they were throwing sandbags and road signs down at people. A sandbag hit the roof of a van parked in the street."

Another resident said: "I've had my car windows smashed three times by rocks thrown off there.

"They are aged between 13 and 18. It mostly happens on weekends.

"They shout abuse at people in their back gardens and throw things down at them."

Police in the Vale of Glamorgan confirmed they are investigating a number of incidents where stones have been thrown from the Cogan Link Road onto cars parked below on River Walk.

Sergeant Ioan Jones, based in Penarth police station, said: "This type of behaviour is extremely dangerous and could lead to a serious injury.

"I am appealing to anyone who may have seen youths throwing anything from the Cogan Link Road last weekend to contact me at Penarth police station.

"I would also ask motorists who use this stretch of road to contact the police if they see anyone acting suspiciously.

"Anyone caught throwing objects from the flyover will be dealt with very seriously."

Police are appealing for information and for any witnesses to contact Sergeant Ioan Jones at Penarth police station on (029) 20222111 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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