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Police confirm receipt of CCTV footage showing police van following bike in Cardiff just before crash tragically killed two teenagers sparking Cardiff riots

South Wales Police confirmed they have received CCTV footage which shows a police vehicle following a bike just prior to 6pm, right before the fatal collision that killed two teenagers, Kyrees Sullivan, 16, and Harvey Evans, 15 on Monday evening (22 May).

The fatal collision was followed by violent riots in Ely, Cardiff.

Timestamp on CCTV footage shows 17:59 when the police vehicle is seen following a bike, and police respond to the report of serious collision at 18:03, about half a mile from the CCTV location.

Previously, South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael had denied a police chase was involved in the incident and had dismissed it as rumour.  

In an updated statement about Ely collision and violent disorder, police force said: “This footage is being recovered as part of the investigation which will assist us in piecing together the circumstances leading up to the collision.

“We can confirm that following investigations carried out so far, that when then collision occurred, there were no police vehicles on Snowden Road.

“A police vehicle in Grand Avenue responded to the report of a collision, attended the area and officers performed CPR.

“The investigation has involved studying CCTV and tracking data from the police vehicle.

“At this stage, we do not believe that any other vehicle was involved in the collision.”

Police watchdog to investigate the fatal collision

South Wales Police also said that a mandatory referral has been made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) to ensure matter receives independent scrutiny.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has issued a statement after South Wales Police referred itself to the police watchdog.

It says: “We have been contacted this afternoon by South Wales Police to make a referral regarding the circumstances leading up to the fatal collision in Ely yesterday.

“We will be sending investigators to a police post-incident procedure to begin gathering information and to assess whether the IOPC will carry out an independent investigation.”

(Source: BBC)

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