UK riots: Welsh police step up patrols and surveillance after ‘minor’ incidents

Police in Cardiff have stepped up patrols and heightened their surveillance of social networking sites after four incidents including arson and an attempted looting in the city on Tuesday night.

South Wales police said they quickly suppressed the “isolated” and “minor” incidents of disorder, including an attempted break-in of a JD Sports branch in Cardiff Bay and criminal damage at a takeaway in the Canton area.

The fire brigade were also called to douse flames in two disused buildings in Canton and Butetown that were set alight. Riot police dispersed the potential looters who had broken into the sportswear shop.

Chief superintendent Josh Jones, of South Wales police, said: “These incidents are being treated as isolated which have caused relatively minor damage to property.

“There have been no reports of any similar incidents across the force area. Extra officers are on patrol to ensure the communities of South Wales remain safe.

“Monitoring of social networking sites has continued and despite some efforts to generate disorder in our communities these have failed. Anyone who is found to incite criminal activity will be traced and dealt with by the police.”

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