HAVE-A-GO DAD ARRESTED FOR TAKING ON YOBS Next Story | Previous Story | Back to list BEN EVANS BEN.EVANS@SWWP.CO.UK 10:00 - 03 October 2006 A vigilante dad has been arrested after taking a stand against boy racers. The young drivers had allegedly been terrorising residents of Parc Gwernfadog in Morriston leaving many fearing for the safety of their children as they made their way home from school.The 38-year-old was furious after one driver almost ran over his five-year-old son Haris in Rhodfa Fadog last Thursday. Mark Morgan was so fed up with the police response he decided to try to deal with it himself. But instead he found himself on the wrong side of the law and with an instant fine. He also spent six hours in a police cell after smashing the windows of the culprit's car when it pulled into a nearby supermarket car park. Speaking today from his home, Mr Morgan insisted he had the backing of many of his neighbours. He said the incident had followed a series of others involving the drivers on local roads putting lives at risk. The former soldier claimed he had no regrets at taking the drastic action - despite being fined Â£80 for his actions. He had been waiting two hours for the police to arrive when he saw the young driver in Julian's supermarket car park. Mr Morgan tried blocking the boy racer in, but when the driver started taunting him, he decided to teach the youngster a lesson and smashed the other car's windows. Officers told him they would give him an on-the-spot fine of Â£80 if he pleaded guilty and did not pursue a case of dangerous driving against the other driver. "I know I was wrong to do what I did but as far as I am concerned, in my heart it was Â£80 well spent," said Mr Morgan. "I went to the chip shop the other day and everybody clapped as I went in. People are saying I did what they had all wanted to do but they didn't have the courage to do it. "We have all been young and sped in our cars but when there are children coming out of school, it is completely uncalled for. "If there had not been a kerb for the car to bounce off on Thursday, there would be six or seven children not here with us today." Mr Morgan says he remains determined not to be intimidated. "I was in the Army for 10 years - I did two tours of Northern Ireland - so I'm not frightened of them," he added. "I just want them out of my street." However, a police spokesman warned people not to take the law into their own hands. He added: "We understand the concerns from the community about the speed of the vehicles and the manner of driving in this case. "However, we would urge everyone to remain calm and entrust the police and partners to provide long-term sustainable solutions to matters like these. "Though Mr Morgan's case is by no means less important to us, we had to deal with other more urgent matters at the same time. "The initial report was not graded as immediate response, and was therefore passed on to officers for intelligence gathering purpose. "We have been working very closely with local residents to target this kind of behaviour as this is not an issue that the police can tackle on our own. "We will not tolerate anti-social behaviour activities and will deal with it seriously."