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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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Cardiff crash – a timeline of events

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.

Laura Van Marle: ‘Fast-paced search’ for woman who admitted manslaughter after she escapes secure hospital | UK News

A woman who admitted manslaughter and was detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act has gone missing after threatening staff with a weapon.

Laura Van Marle made off on foot while on escorted leave at about 5.10pm on Friday.

A helicopter and specialist units – including a police dog and handler – are involved in a “fast-paced” search in the Wellington area of Somerset.

The staff member she threatened was unhurt, said Avon and Somerset Police.

The 43-year-old was given an indefinite hospital order by the courts in 2021 and is described as about 5ft 7in, slim, with blonde hair.

She was last seen wearing a white vest top, grey denim shorts and black trainers – but may have changed clothes.

“Laura was on foot and is known to walk long distances, so may have left the Wellington area,” said police.

“She may also be travelling on public transport, and has links to Herefordshire.

“Laura is considered to be in mental health crisis and may pose a risk to herself or others.”

The public are asked not to call 999 and not approach her. Any other information can be given to the 101 non-emergency number.

Boy in critical condition after being hit by police van responding to emergency call | UK News

A child is in a critical condition in hospital after being hit by a police vehicle in Lancaster.

The child, thought to be an 11-year-old boy, had been crossing the road just before 8.30pm on Thursday night when he was hit.

Lancaster Area Police said their vehicle had been on its way to an emergency call and the collision was being investigated.

It has also been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct, as is standard for such an incident.

An IOPC spokesperson said: “We understand that a marked police van, with its lights and sirens on, was in a collision with an 11-year-old boy.

“He has been taken to hospital and our thoughts are with him and his family.

“We were notified by the force shortly after the collision and declared an investigation at 10.37pm.

“IOPC investigators are heading to the scene and the police post incident procedure to begin gathering information.

“Our investigation is at an early stage.”

Police appealed for any information, including CCTV or dashcam footage from nearby, adding: “Our thoughts are with the child’s loved ones at this time.”

Two women charged after soup thrown over Van Gogh’s Sunflowers painting | Ents & Arts News

Two women have been charged with criminal damage after climate change protesters threw tomato soup over Van Gogh’s famous Sunflowers painting at the National Gallery.

Footage posted by the Just Stop Oil campaign group showed activists opening two Heinz tins and then throwing the contents over the 1888 work on Friday morning, before kneeling down in front of the masterpiece and gluing their hands to the wall beneath it.

The gallery said the incident had caused minor damage to the frame but the image, which is covered by glass, was unharmed.

The painting, which has an estimated value of £72.5m, later went back on display.

Painted in Arles in the south of France, the picture shows fifteen sunflowers standing in a yellow pot against a yellow background.

Police said two women, aged 21 and 20, would appear on Saturday at Westminster Magistrates’ Court charged with “criminal damage to the frame of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers painting”.

Another activist will also appear in court accused of damaging the sign outside the New Scotland Yard police headquarters in central London.

Sunflowers is the second, more famous, Van Gogh painting to be targeted by the group, with two climate activists gluing themselves to his 1889 Peach Trees in Blossom, exhibited at the Courtauld Gallery, at the end of June.

The work was also the second from the National Gallery to be selected as a target for action by the protest group, with two supporters gluing themselves to John Constable’s The Hay Wain in July.

A Just Stop Oil protester spray paints a sign outside New Scotland Yard in London. Picture date: Friday October 14, 2022.
An activist will also appear in court accused of damaging the sign outside the New Scotland Yard

Activists have also targeted a landscape painting by Horatio McCulloch, My Heart’s In The Highlands, in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, as well as a 500-year-old copy of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Summer in London’s Royal Academy.

Just Stop Oil has been holding protests for the last two weeks as part of a campaign of “continuous disruption”, which has also seen demonstrators block several key roads in London.

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