ONE person is feared dead and there are multiple casualties after a knifeman’s stabbing rampage in a Chinese takeaway.
A huge emergency response is underway in Ynyswen, near Treorchy, Rhondda Cynon Taf, south Wales as the public were warned to “stay away”.
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Police are dealing with a ‘major incident’ in Ynyswen, south Wales todayCredit: Media Wales
The public has been warned to stay away from the areaCredit: Media Wales
One man was feared dead and several others left fighting for their lives after the attack in Ynyswen, Rhondda, South Wales.
Eyewitnesses said the village restaurant was “covered in blood” and more than 30 emergency vehicles were at the scene.
The victims were flown to hospital by air ambulance and police confirmed they were dealing with a multiple stabbing incident.
Screams were heard coming from the Chinese takeaway shortly after midday in the village.
‘COVERED IN BLOOD’
Neighbour John Belgrove 46, said “I was in my workshop when I heard sirens and saw police everywhere.
“There was a Chinese girl sitting on a pavement – she was in her pyjamas and they were covered in blood.
“I could see she was sobbing and in a terrible state.
“I helped the police block off the road, I heard them say that one person was dead and several others badly hurt.”
Builder Mr Belgrove said he believed the casualties were Chinese men who worked at the takeaway in Baglan Street which was sealed off by police.
I helped the police block off the road, I heard them say that one person was dead and several others badly hurt
He said: “The restaurant owners haven’t been there very long – they did a swap with another Chinese restaurant nearby called Yummy Yummy.
“As far as I know there is a connection between the two businesses.
“It’s shocking, it’s such a quiet village. I counted 31 emergency vehicles here and two air ambulances.”
The restaurant has been open for business with local girls staffing the counter and passing orders to the Chinese staff in the kitchens.
Neighbour, John Evans, 70, said: “There was a lot of blood at the scene, it was a major incident with multiple victims.
“This is normally a quiet village I don’t know what’s happened to cause this.”
Another neighbour said: “A woman was heard screaming but I don’t think she was one of the injured.
“She saw what happened which must have been awful. There was a lot of blood.”
Around 20 to 30 emergency vehicles rushed to Baglan Street at midday on
South Wales Police said they were dealing with a “serious incident”
which involved a “number of casualties”.
Rhondda MP Chris Bryant referred to the incident as “an attack”.
‘NUMBER OF CASUALTIES’
He tweeted: ” “I’m aware of disturbing events on Baglan Street in Treherbert/Ynyswen.
“My thoughts go out to all those affected and thanks to @swpRCT and @WelshAmbulance who are in attendance.”
He later added: “The police have confirmed there are a number of casualties.
“My thoughts are with those involved and their loved ones at this truly awful time.
“Please do contact the police if you witnessed the attack.”
Several police cars are parked in the village and the air ambulance
has landed on nearby Baglan Field, beside Penyrenglyn Primary School.
Emergency services were scrambled to the scene around middayCredit: Media Wales
Police have cordoned off the street in TreorchyCredit: Media Wales
A force spokesman said: “Police units are currently dealing with a
serious incident which occurred in Baglan Street, Treorchy, at
approximately midday today (5 March, 2021).
“Ambulance crews are also in attendance as the incident involves a
number of casualties.
“The street has been closed off and people are advised to avoid the
area until further notice.”
Local resident Linsey Simmonds said: “I was coming past the Baglan
Field and saw the Air Ambulance land there, and in the past 20 minutes
there’s been up to 30 police and ambulance vehicles.
“You can’t walk past there or drive up the valley.”
Another resident said: “As I come around the corner there was loads of sirens getting passed and I saw four police at the bottom with guns telling people they couldn’t come down the hill.
“They were saying can you get back.
“Then a couple of minutes later I saw someone getting stretchered off into the back of an ambulance literally outside the Chinese by the hill.”
Up to 30 emergency vehicles were scrambled to the sceneCredit: Media Wales