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Ely crash: Police van driver who followed boys shortly before fatal collision in Cardiff faces criminal investigation | UK News

The driver of a police van which was seen on CCTV following two boys on an e-bike shortly before they died in a fatal collision is facing a criminal investigation.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said the driver of the vehicle was now being “criminally investigated for dangerous driving”.

The driver, along, with the passenger in the van, had previously been served with a gross misconduct notice.

Kyrees Sullivan, 16, and Harvey Evans, 15, died in the crash in the Ely area of Cardiff on 22 May.

The crash sparked riotous scenes in the community as properties were damaged and cars torched.

The IOPC said the notices and the criminal letter did not necessarily mean that disciplinary or criminal proceedings would follow.

The crash happened at 6.02pm on Snowden Road and CCTV footage showed the bike being followed by a police van at 6pm on nearby Frank Road.

Other footage showed the van turn off and it was not following the boys at the time of the collision.

Map of Ely in Cardiff where riots broke out after a fatal crash
Map of Ely in Cardiff where riots broke out after a fatal crash

The watchdog’s investigation is looking at the nature of the police’s interaction with the boys before the collision.

One key factor under consideration is whether there was any point at which the decision and actions of the officers in the van “constituted a pursuit”.

The IOPC has confirmed it has completed all its enquiries in the Ely area in recent weeks and has also reviewed footage from body-worn cameras.

South Wales Police is continuing to co-operate with the IOPC investigation.

People release balloons during a vigil for the victims of a road traffic collision on Snowden Road in Ely, Cardiff, on Monday. Kyrees Sullivan, 16, and his best friend Harvey Evans, 15, died in a road accident minutes after they had been involved in a pursuit with police, whilst riding an electric bike. Picture date: Friday May 26, 2023.
People release balloons in tribute to Harvey and Kyrees

‘Went everywhere together’

Following Harvey’s death, his family said their hearts were “truly broken”.

They described him as having lived “life to the full” and someone who had a “big heart”, adding that “deep down, he truly cared”.

His family also appealed for “peace within the community” and asked people to allow the police to investigate and “get the answers we so desperately need”.

Kyrees was a “handsome young man” and a “loving son and brother”, his family said.

They added that he and Harvey “went everywhere together” and were loved “not only by their families but by their community as well”.

IOPC Director David Ford said his thoughts and sympathies were with the family and friends of Kyrees and Harvey and everyone impacted by their deaths.

“Our independent investigation is progressing well and I want to again thank the local community for the support provided to our investigation, including through the sharing of CCTV evidence,” he said.

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He said the IOPC said it remained “committed to establishing the facts” and would “continue to provide regular updates”.

Anyone with information which could be of use to its investigation is asked to contact the IOPC.

UK’s biggest warship, HMS Prince of Wales, breaks down off south coast shortly after setting sail for US | UK News

The UK’s biggest warship has broken down off the south coast shortly after setting sail on what had been billed as a “landmark mission” to the United States.

HMS Prince of Wales, the second of the Royal Navy’s two aircraft carriers, was experiencing an “emerging mechanical issue”, a spokesperson said. The problem is being investigated.

The £3bn carrier, which became fully operational only last year, is reportedly anchored south east of the Isle of Wight while the investigation is carried out.

“HMS Prince of Wales remains in the South Coast Exercise Area while conducting investigations into an emerging mechanical issue,” the Royal Navy spokesperson said.

The problem was first reported by UK Defence Journal, an online news site focused on defence issues, which cited unconfirmed reports about damage to the starboard propeller shaft.

A second specialist news site, Navy Lookout, said the 65,000-tonne warship had suffered a “significant technical fault”.

“Should the issue prove to be serious it goes without saying that this is extremely unfortunate and not a good look for the RN [Royal Navy],” it reported.

The vessel suffered an 'emerging mechanical issue'. Pic: Royal Navy
The vessel suffered an ’emerging mechanical issue’. Pic: Royal Navy

The warship had departed from nearby Portsmouth on Saturday on what was described by the Royal Navy as a mission to “shape the future of stealth jet and drone operations off the coast of North America and in the Caribbean”.

The trip – provided it goes ahead – is set to see the carrier visit New York, Halifax in Canada and the Caribbean, operating fifth generation F-35 fast jets off the deck as well as drones.

Commanding Officer, Captain Richard Hewitt, said in a statement to mark the departure – and prior to the mechanical glitch: “Taking the HMS Prince of Wales task group across the Atlantic for the rest of this year will not only push the boundaries of UK carrier operations, but will reinforce our close working relationship with our closest ally.

“From operating the F35 Lightnings and drones to hosting the Atlantic Future Forum, none of this would be possible without the efforts of the amazing sailors on board, many of which are on their first deployment with the Royal Navy.”

HMS Prince of Wales, which heads a carrier task group, deployed with a frigate, tanker and an air group of helicopters and drones.

The F-35 warplanes are set to join the ship in the US.