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Welsh police referred to watchdog after CCTV shows officers following bike before fatal crash

It comes after a riot broke out following the death of two teenagers in the crash


CCTV has been released that shows two people on a bike being followed by a police van in Ely before a crash took place in which two teenage boys died.

Originally, South Wales Police denied that officers were pursuing the boys, however, now it claims that it is aware of a video on social media which shows the two boys being pursued by police officers, the BBC reports.

Chief Superintendent Martyn Stone, Divisional Commander for Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan explained that whilst the footage shows a van following two people near the area where the collision took place, there were no officers on Snowden Road at that time.

He also added that South Wales Police has referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct following the release of the video to make sure the situation can receive “independent scrutiny”.

This comes as the two teenage boys who died in an off-road bike crash in Ely on the same day have been named locally as Kyrees Sullivan and Harvey Evans.

Kyrees, 16, and Harvey, 15, died after their electric bike crashed on Snowden Road, Cardiff. However, shortly after police arrived at the scene of the collision, a riot involving roughly 100 to 150 people broke out. The reason for the riot has not yet been confirmed by the police and it is not known if the two events are linked.

Kyrees’ mother, Belinda Sullivan, took to social media last night to explain that she could not reach her son due to the riots taking place, saying: “My son is still laying on the floor due to this riot. I’m sat at home heartbroken, there are two familys (sic) broken right now.

“I just want to see my son and I can’t because of this riot that have (sic) happened. Pls I beg you all to stop and let my son be moved to hospital so I can see him. We need to see our sons.”

“I just want to see my son and I can’t because of this riot that have (sic) happened. Pls I beg you all to stop and let my son be moved to hospital so I can see him. We need to see our sons.”

Featured image via Facebook.

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