A man has been injured and a knife seized after a fight between three men in Pontypridd tonight.
Police were called to High Street, Graig, Pontypridd at around 5.15pm on Friday, July 30, following reports of an “altercation” between three men.
Officers attended and carried out a “thorough search” of the area before a “knife was secured safely”.
The incident is another instance of violence in the town – and comes just as police were given extra powers to search anyone they liked in one part of Pontypridd over a 24 hour period.
A spokeswoman said: “South Wales Police were called around 5.15pm on Friday July 30, following reports of an altercation between three males on High Street, Graig, Pontypridd where a knife was seen.
“Officers attended and carried out a thorough search of the area and a knife was secured safely. One male sustained minor injuries.
“Enquiries are continuing to ascertain the full circumstances behind the incident. We would however like to reassure the public that this was an isolated incident between three individuals with no further risk to the wider community.”
Reports on social media suggested armed officers attended the incident although South Wales Police have not confirmed this.
Police haven’t yet made any arrests although a spokeswoman stressed “enquiries were ongoing”.
The force would also neither confirm nor deny if the injured person had been stabbed.
South Wales Police have insisted the assault was an isolated one and is not thought to be linked to other events. On Thursday night, around 80 youths gathered in Ynysangharad Park on Thursday night.
Video footage from that incident showed a large group of teenagers apparently fighting in the park and a number of people that appear to be kicking one figure on the floor.
Earlier in the week, police confirmed they would be using “section 60 powers” in a two square mile part of the town. It means officers can stop and search anyone they like without suspicion. Officers justified using a section 60 because they said they had real concerns about the possibility of violence.
Those stop and search powers, which were rolled out for 24 hours, came to end at 5pm on Friday – although police sources insist the lapsing of that period had nothing to do with the knife incident in High Street.
In the meantime, police are asking anybody who witnessed the incident or has any information to contact them quoting reference number 2100268016.
South Wales Police can be contacted by calling 101, visiting https://bit.ly/SWPProvideInfo or emailing [email protected]