The area around the Senedd building in Cardiff Bay was again left under a huge amount of rubbish last night after a crowd of hundreds of people gathered.
People drank, partied and sang, ignoring social distancing and coronavirus rules still in place which do not allow large gatherings — you can see the scenes here. It was described as a “massive party” and “like an illegal rave”. Images from Friday night show hundreds of people between the Senedd and Pierhead buildings. A police vehicle can be seen parked nearby.
This morning, the familiar scene of piles of rubbish, including broken bottles and gas canisters, could be seen. Cleaning teams had been out since 4.30am cleaning the mess and one said “you couldn’t see the steps” of the Senedd building when they started because they were buried under rubbish.
South Wales Police and Cardiff Council were forced to take action earlier this week following similar gatherings in the capital. South Wales Police committed increased patrols to Cardiff Bay after crowds gathered in the area and left piles of litter in their wake. This was how the area looked after crowds gathered on Tuesday night.
Crowds had also gathered on the steps of the Senedd on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. On Tuesday police officers were injured after gatherings in Cardiff Bay and a knife was found as missiles were thrown.
Cardiff council leader Huw Thomas said those involved were “selfish idiots”.
Earlier this week First Minister Mark Drakeford described the scenes as “shocking” and “entirely unacceptable” and Cardiff Council installed additional bins to cope with the influx.
“I have been a strong supporter of the police’s approach in Wales to inform, educate, and persuade and that is absolutely the right thing to do first,” the First Minister said.
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“But where people deliberately and intentionally set out to do things that can cause a risk to other people then both the local authority and the police have further powers that they can use. It is selfish because they are not just putting themselves at risk. These are acts of selfishness.”