AN ANGRY mob of around 200 people besieged a property in Monkton last night (Jul 11) following a post on social media suggesting that a female occupant of the property has a history of serious sexual offending.
At 3am this morning (Jul 12) police officers entered the building and removed the two occupants for their own safety.
A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “Dyfed-Powys Police officers remain in Gwilliam Court, Monkton today, following the disturbance that took place last night into the early hours of this morning.
“The disturbance was as a result of concerns posted on social media locally in respect of individuals at the property.
“The public were advised to be mindful that any action taken or comments made on social media could result in police action. Nevertheless, a large crowd, in excess of 100 people, gathered in the area causing a significant disturbance with minor damage being caused.
“South Wales Police provided support in order to assist us in dealing with the incident and ensure the safety of all members of the public and officers at the scene. It was necessary to have specialist resources at the scene, to ensure the incident was brought to a safe conclusion as soon as possible. Thankfully no one was injured with the two occupants from within the property safely removed.
“The members of the public that had gathered were issued with a Dispersal Order, which assisted in the movement of people from the area and the incident concluded at around 3.40am. No arrests made.
“Dyfed-Powys Police is now liaising with Pembrokeshire County Council housing officers, and the concerns voiced by the community during the incident will be raised with them. Extra reassurance patrols will be conducted in the area, and anyone with further concerns are advised to speak to officers at the scene, or call 101.”
The Herald was live at the scene last night. Below are our real time updates.
WARNING: Very strong language
The incident started when a post on the Facebook group Spotted Pembroke and Pembroke Dock said that the person was living in Pembrokeshire under an assumed name and was ‘very dangerous’.
The post has been shared over 1,000 times by angry locals who have posted nearly 400 comments on the main link alone.
There was a heavy police presence as the authorities tried to deal with the crowd, and threats were made to the safety of the occupant or occupants of the property.
A spokesman for Dyfed-Powys Police told The Herald: “Officers are at the scene of an on-going incident at Gwilliam Court, Monkton, Pembrokeshire.
“Officers arrived at scene at approximately 9.40pm and remain there. A large crowd of people has gathered in the area causing a significant disturbance.
“Officers are working to ensure the safety of all members of the public and to bring the matter to a close as swiftly as possible.”