TWO more people have been arrested in connection with the stabbing of a teenage boy in Canton, Cardiff, on Wednesday morning.
A 16-year-old boy from Canton was arrested last night on suspicion of assault and a 43-year-old man from Penarth was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
Detectives continue to believe this and Saturday’s violent disorder in the city centre are not random attacks and that they involve groups of local teenage boys targeting each other.
A 17 year-old boy from Grangetown arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and assault remains in custody.
A 15 year-old boy from Riverside arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and possession of an offensive weapon has been released on police bail.
Enquiries and searches are continuing and a number of items have been located for forensic examination
Detective Superintendent Esyr Jones said: “There will be a very visible police presence across the city this weekend and screening devices will be present outside some city centre premises to help maintain a safe environment, reassure the public and deter anyone thinking of carrying a weapon.
“I want to re-emphasise that Wednesday’s stabbing and Saturday’s violent disorder in the city centre are not random attacks, they involve groups of local teenage boys targeting each other and we appeal to the community for information.
“Again we ask families and community elders to speak to their children about the dangers of knife crime and to contact South Wales Police if they suspect their child was involved in this, or any other knife crime, incident
“Taking these steps could save a life.”
As part of the wider investigation into recent events, families are being visited and offered support to help divert young people away from serious violence and knife crime
Meetings have also been held with community leaders.
Det Supt Jones added: “I would like to thank the 40-plus representatives who attended last night’s virtual community meeting. Attendees were constructive and caring about the situation, and it is vital we all work together to prevent further violence.”
Four people were stop searched as a result of a section 60 notice in the Canton and Grangetown areas on Wednesday and Thursday.
Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact 101, quoting reference 2000429023 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Alternatively, you can direct message South Wales Police via social media channels.
In an emergency always dial 999.