Man pleads for help and children scream as rioting youths torch cars and brick family home
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Adam Romain’s home was targeted during the shocking riots in Swansea, south Wales, last week. A gang of teenagers threw bricks at the windows, showering Adam’s baby daughter’s cot with glass in a terrifying ordeal.
The disturbing footage, taken on Adam’s motorcycle helmet camera, shows the 34-year-old dad begging police for help as flames can be coming from his car, parked outside.
A loud bang is heard before Adam shouts “get away from the windows”, to his children and partner. He then adds: “It’s going to be alright son, it’s going to be OK.”
Adam then phones the police before he shouts “oh my god” after a brick is thrown through the front window and screams can be heard inside the house.
Adam, who is an Uber Eats driver, told Wales Online he intends to move his family away from Swansea as a result of the incident.
We are looking to move elsewhere, we are just going to leave Swansea completely, that’s the main focus. I can’t sit in that living room anymore with my children playing there with the thought that a brick could come through the window at any point
Speaking on the phone in the clip, Adam says: “The riot, they have started to target my house, I’ve got two children inside the house, can you hear me, the riot from Waun-Wen they’re targeting my house. They are chucking bricks through my house.”
“What’s going on?,” the woman replies.
“They are throwing bricks at my house, I’ve got two children inside, please come. There’s a mob outside they’re throwing stones, bricks, there’s three cars on fire. Come quick I have two children inside one of them is a baby, they are throwing bricks through my window, my car is outside in front of my house burning up.”
A brick is then thrown through the front door.
“I’m having bricks thrown at me, what do you want me to do.”
“I want you to take yourself away from the window,” the woman adds.
A video taken later at around 11.30pm on the evening of the riots shows Uber Eats driver Adam Romain approaching officers in a van before simply asking “where were the police”.
In the video footage, Mr Romain can be heard asking officers: “Where have you been, why were you not here, what excuse have you got to turn up three hours later? I had to stand there and take bricks while my baby was inside the house. Where were you?” The police can then be seen driving away from the scene.
The gathering had originally been organised as a tribute to Ethan Powell, 19, who had collapsed and later died after watching his beloved Swansea City play Barnsley in a Championship Play-Off.
And the scenes have saddened Adam, who moved to the area in 2017, with his partner and children, currently aged four and one.
He said: “We are looking to move elsewhere, we are just going to leave Swansea completely, that’s the main focus. I can’t sit in that living room anymore with my children playing there with the thought that a brick could come through the window at any point. Especially now I’ve put myself out there, I’m more recognised now, we fear in the future there will be some level of retaliation.
“[We’re] trying to keep the kids distracted and put the pieces back together.
“My partner is holding up, she’s finding the strength somewhere to keep going. I haven’t gone back to work these last few days, she’s too afraid for me to go out at the moment. There’s all sorts of emotions flying around, the poor lady next door to me was petrified, absolutely petrified. Everybody is fearing for their kids, some people have left already. It’s understandable.
“I can’t put my children through that anymore, I can’t risk it. What makes it worse is that we had quite a severe event just two months previous to this when somebody had thrown a car down the hill through the barrier and smashed into two cars.”
South Wales Police were asked to comment on the new footage from inside Adam’s home, including why he did not receive a visit from the police at the time of the incident, or for several hours afterwards. But WalesOnline was directed to an interview provided by assistant chief constable Jenny Gilmer on Friday, May 21, when she responded to questions put to her over the force’s response to the major disturbance in Swansea.
The senior officer said about 60 officers were present at the scene “at its peak” and remained “all night”.
Police said this week that they were expecting to make more arrests over the “despicable” scenes of violence in parts of Swansea last week.
Over the weekend, seven people, including a 16-year-old boy, were detained in connect with the violence.
Of the seven who have been arrested, two – aged 21 and 23 – remain in police custody and five have been released on bail with a number of strict conditions including a night-time curfew.
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