EIGHTEEN people have been jailed for their role in a ‘shameful’ riot.
Violence erupted during a peaceful vigil for Ethan Powell, 19, who died of an accidental drug overdose.
Cars were set on fire and homes destroyed following a social media call to “light up” Mayhill, Swansea.
A witness called it a war zone that left six police officers injured and £23,000 in damage.
A total of 27 people have been charged over the May 2021 riots.
Yesterday 17 men and one woman were sentenced to a total of more than 84 years in prison.
The maximum term was six years and nine months.
Juvenile defendants will be convicted today.
Judge Paul Thomas said: “Those privileged to live in the city of Swansea consider it a generally safe, peaceful place to live and raise a family.
“But in May 2021 you all took part in the worst outbreak of mass violence to have occurred here in my lifetime and well beyond.
“A witness described the scene on Waun Wen Road as resembling a war zone. It was certainly an episode that left a deep mark on the community.
He added that seven families wanted to leave the area because of the “chaos unleashed”.
Mr Powell’s family has condemned the rioters.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6951532/eighteen-jailed-role-disgraceful-riot-during-vigil/ 18 people jailed for involvement in “disgraceful” riot that broke out during a peaceful vigil to commemorate the 19-year-old