Rioters burned and overturned cars and threw firecrackers and stones at police on a Cardiff estate

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Balaclava-clad thugs set cars on fire, threw fireworks at riot police and attacked officers in a night of mayhem on the streets of Cardiff tonight.

Hundreds of people ran riot and vandalized a residential street in the suburb of Ely on Monday evening when they were confronted by South Wales Police officers.

Footage from the scene showed the thugs launching firecrackers, stones, paving slabs and even a door before attacking the police, with officers of the force charging back at them.

The miscreants also smashed car windows before turning the vehicles over and setting them ablaze, with tires being slashed when garbage and mattresses were thrown at them to fan the flames.

Flames from the fire shot up to 15 feet high in the air, and as police closed off the road in the area, helicopters could be seen and heard flying.

Violence erupts after a ‘serious’ crash in Snowden Road According to South Wales Police, at around 6 p.m. It was not clear what sparked the violence, although the force said it was making arrests early this morning.

Riot police with dogs have been deployed at the scene of a serious road accident

Several cars were smashed and set on fire, with at least one explosion.

Several cars were smashed and set on fire, with at least one explosion.

Trash has also reportedly been set on fire at the scene on Snowden Road in Ely

Trash has also reportedly been set on fire at the scene on Snowden Road in Ely

A number of police vans have been pictured at the scene, along with scores of riot officers

A number of police vans have been pictured at the scene, along with scores of riot officers

Rioters were seen throwing missiles along with bricks at the police

Rioters were seen throwing missiles along with bricks at the police

Ellie, emergency services have attended the scene of the accident after throwing objects at riot police officers in Cardiff

Ellie, emergency services have attended the scene of the accident after throwing objects at riot police officers in Cardiff

Riot police with shields and full protective gear were visible on the street

Riot police with shields and full protective gear were visible on the street

A topless, masked man stands before riot police in Cardiff tonight

A topless, masked man stands before riot police in Cardiff tonight

Hundreds of people were on the streets shortly before midnight and clashed with officers at the scene.

Footage being livestreamed on YouTube showed gangs of youths attacking riot officers with bricks, paving stones, rocks, fireworks, doors and even a toilet in shocking scenes of violence.

At one point some of the rioters charged the police, who stood in a line at one end of the street, with the officers responding by charging back.

The miscreants also targeted cars parked on the road, hurling rocks and breaking glass panes.

The miscreants then overturned some cars and set them on fire, leaving at least three vehicles in flames on a residential street.

When the fire broke out, some people in the crowd applauded and some rioters were heard to say ‘light up’. Others were seen throwing garbage bags and mattresses on the flames.

Men were seen taking off their shirts and covering their faces with them while the fire broke out in the street.

As they burned tires and other parts of the cars exploded, the fireball, along with the fireballs, rained down on a car parked in a driveway, forcing the owner to pour water on it, so that To prevent the fire from spreading.

A police helicopter, riot police with shields and full protective gear, and dogs were all at the scene.

Police used a loudspeaker from a helicopter to tell those at the scene to disperse and go home, but by midnight there were still at least 100 out on the street.

A man standing in front of a burning fire in an overturned car in Snowden Road, Ely

A man standing in front of a burning fire in an overturned car in Snowden Road, Ely

Police officers in riot gear stand on Howell Road near the crash site on Monday night in Ely

Police officers in riot gear stand on Howell Road near the crash site on Monday night in Ely

A red colored car was seen going up in flames during the live stream

A red colored car was seen going up in flames during the live stream

Police officers confront a on Wilson Road in Cardiff "mass disorder" In the view

Police officers on Wilson Road in Cardiff as they deal with ‘massive disorder’ at the scene

Dozens of riot police have been filmed at the scene where fires are being lit

Dozens of riot police have been filmed at the scene where fires are being lit

Riot police watching saw a thug kicking the windscreen of a car

Riot police watching saw a thug kicking the windscreen of a car

The violence started on Monday evening after a ‘serious’ crash on Snowden Road just after 6pm.

South Wales Police said in a statement: ‘Just after 6pm, we received reports of a serious road accident on Snowden Road.

‘Police responded to the collision, which had already occurred before officers arrived. We need to ensure that this evening’s collision is effectively investigated.

‘Officers remain on the spot to manage the massive chaos. Again, we urge anyone involved or witnessing this to leave immediately. We understand the concern of the local residents and we ask you to stay indoors.

In an update at 1.10am, the force said: ‘Police are continuing to monitor and respond to the disorder in the Alley. Many vehicles have been handed over to the fire. Arrests are being made. Heavy police force is present in the area.

Earlier on Monday evening police said they were attempting to “reduce ongoing disorder” and confirmed at 8.20pm that emergency services were at the crash site.

Authorities closed the road between Wilson Road and Jackson Road and urged people to avoid the area, although hundreds of people, including parents with young children and pet dogs, were seen at the scene.

Police were called to the scene of a serious road accident this evening

Police were called to the scene of a serious road accident this evening

The crowd was seen gathering as soon as the scene of devastation came to the fore.

The crowd was seen gathering as soon as the scene of devastation came to the fore.

Images from this evening show a police car with its windshield shattered

Images from this evening show a police car with its windshield shattered

South Wales Police tweeted shortly afterwards: ‘A large number of officers are now working to deal with the collision, but also to reduce the ongoing chaos at the scene.

‘We urge all those involved to leave the scene immediately and ask local residents to stay away while the matter comes to a safe conclusion.’

An hour later, police said emergency services remained at the scene and reiterated the importance of people staying away from the area.

The force said: ‘Please avoid speculation – we will bring you the latest details as soon as possible – all our updates must be factual.’

Pictures from this evening show a police car with its windshield shattered.

Police have not given any details about what happened in the first ‘serious’ accident.

South Wales Police had earlier said after the crash that a number of officers were working ‘to manage the collision as well as reduce the ongoing disorder’.

‘We urge all those involved to leave the scene immediately and ask local residents to stay away while the matter comes to a safe conclusion.’

MailOnline has contacted South Wales Police for further comment.



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