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18 people jailed for role in ‘disgraceful’ riot which erupted during peaceful vigil in memory of 19-year-old

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EIGHTEEN people have been jailed for their role in a “disgraceful” riot. 
Violence erupted during a peaceful vigil for Ethan Powell, 19, who died of an accidental drug overdose.
Eighteen people have been jailed for their role in a 'disgraceful' riot3Eighteen people have been jailed for their role in a ‘disgraceful’ riotCredit: WNSYesterday 17 men and a woman were sentenced to a total of more than 84 years in jail3Yesterday 17 men and a woman were sentenced to a total of more than 84 years in jailCredit: WNSCars were torched and homes vandalised after a social media call to “light up” Mayhill, Swansea. 
One witness called it a warzone, with six police injured and £23,000 of damage caused.
A total of 27 people were charged over the May 2021 trouble.
Yesterday 17 men and a woman were sentenced to a total of more than 84 years in jail. 
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The maximum term was six years and nine months.
Youth defendants will be sentenced today.
Judge Paul Thomas said: “those privileged to live in the city of Swansea consider it a generally safe, peaceful place to live and to raise a family.
“But in May of 2021, you all took part in the worst outbreak of mass violence that has occurred here in my lifetime and far beyond.

“One witness described the scene on Waun Wen Road as resembling a warzone. It was certainly an episode that has scarred the community deeply.
He added that seven families wanted to leave the area because of the “mayhem unleashed”.
 Mr Powell’s family have condemned the rioters.
Violence erupted during a peaceful vigil for Ethan Powell, 19, who died of an accidental drug overdose3Violence erupted during a peaceful vigil for Ethan Powell, 19, who died of an accidental drug overdoseCredit: WNS
Story Credit: thesun.co.uk

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