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Police watchdog gives update into its Cardiff crash investigation | UK News

The police watchdog are investigating officer’s interactions (Picture: PAwire)

The police watchdog has said they are investigating officers’ interactions with two teenage boys before they were killed in a crash in Cardiff.

Harvey Evans, 15, and Kyrees Sullivan, 16, were both killed when an e-bike they were travelling on crashed on a street in a housing estate in Ely at around 6pm on Monday.

Large scale riots broke out following the fatal collision with South Wales Police’s crime commissioner believing the carnage was triggered by rumours the boys had been chased by officers.

CCTV footage later emerged appearing to show a police van following closely behind two people on a bike in Frank Road four minutes before the crash in Snowden Road around half a mile away.

Now the Independent Office for Police Conduct has said they are investigating ‘the nature of the police interaction with the two boys prior to the collision’.

They added they were also looking at ‘whether at any time the decisions and actions of the officers in the police vehicle constituted a pursuit’.

In a statement released today, IOPC director David Ford said: ‘Our thoughts and sympathies remain with the family and friends of Kyrees and Harvey, as well as all those affected by the loss of two young lives in such a close-knit community as Ely.

‘Our investigators have been conducting inquiries and securing evidence in the immediate vicinity of where the events took place, speaking to local residents, distributing leaflets and gathering as much relevant information as possible.

‘I am truly grateful for the co-operation and assistance we have received from people within the local community.

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Kyrees Sullivan, 15, and Harvey Evans, 16, were killed in the accident (Picture: Wales News Service)
Their deaths sparked large-scale riots in Cardiff (Picture: Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)

‘We would welcome anyone we haven’t yet spoken to yet, who believes they have footage or witnessed anything relevant between 5.35pm and 6.10pm on Monday, to come forward to us.

‘We are working hard to establish the exact circumstances of what took place in the period leading up to the collision. I would like to reassure everyone in the community that our work will be thorough, impartial and independent of the police.’

Alun Michael, the police and crime commissioner, admitted it is a ‘possibility’ police could have been chasing the boys after previously denying the claims.

But the force maintains that no police vehicle was in Snowden Road at the time of the accident.

Harvey’s family have released a tribute and said their hearts are ‘truly broken’ by the sudden death of their ‘much-loved son, grandson, brother, nephew, friend, and boyfriend’.

Fatal Ely crash: Timeline of events

South Wales Police has issued the following timeline of events leading to the crash in Ely, Cardiff that killed Harvey Evans and Kyrees Sullivan.

  • 17:59.40: CCTV shows the bike travelling towards the police vehicle in Frank Road. The bike then turns around.
  • 18:00.52: The bike is followed by the police vehicle, which you have already seen on CCTV images. Blue lights or sirens were not illuminated.
  • 18:01.18: Police vehicle is at New Ely Church roundabout and travels through Archer Road, Stanway Road and Howell Road.
  • 18:02.31: Police vehicle turns onto Grand Avenue.
  • 18:02.17 – 18:02.41: Approximate time of the road traffic collision in Snowden Road. At the time of the collision, the police van is in Grand Avenue, half a mile away from Snowden Road.
  • 18:06.59: The police vehicle is on Cowbridge Road West when it receives information about a road traffic collision, illuminates blue lights and makes its way to the collision scene. There was no police vehicle in Snowden Road at the time of the collision and we believe there were no other vehicles involved in the incident.
Harvey Evans, far right, with his family (Picture: South Wales Police)
Best friends Harvey Evans (left) and Kyrees Sullivan (right) pictured together when they were younger (Picture: South Wales Police)

They said: ‘He lived life to the full, he had a big heart and deep down he truly cared. He was a best friend to Kyrees, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family also.

‘We ask for peace within the community and request that people leave the investigation to the police so we can get the answers we so desperately need to lay Harvey to rest.’

Kyrees’s family said he was a ‘loving, caring handsome young man, a loving son to Belinda and Craig, little brother to Aleah and Jordan and a special uncle KyKy to Myra’.

His family said: ‘He was loved so much by his grandparents and aunties and uncles and his many cousins.

‘Him and Harvey along with Niall were best friends since they were young and went everywhere together, they both had so many friends and were very well liked doing many things together, having fun and laughs.’

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