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More footage emerges of police van minutes before fatal Ely crash

More footage emerges of police van minutes before fatal Ely crash

More footage has emerged of the police van that was following two teenagers on a bike minutes before they crashed and died, sparking a police riot that lasted several hours.

The video shows the van bouncing over a speed bump on Howell Road in Ely, Cardiff.

It is believed they turned down the street knowing they could not pursue Harvey Evans, 15, and Kyrees Sullivan, 16, further up Stanway Road which is blocked off to cars by bollards.

Harvey Evans, left, and Kyrees Sullivan
Harvey Evans, left, and Kyrees Sullivan (Family handouts/PA)

Harvey and Kyrees are believed to have gone through the bollards on the Sur-Ron bike they were riding and entered the adjacent Snowden Road where the best friends crashed and died just after 6pm on Monday evening.

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Tensions then began building in the area as word spread on social media that a marked police van had been pursuing the pair minutes before the tragedy.

By 9pm, South Wales Police was asking people to avoid the area, and in the hours that followed widescale disorder unfolded – with several residents’ cars set alight, police officers injured and community members left scared in their own homes.

South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael initially dismissed the claim police had involvement with the boys prior to the crash as “rumour”.

Screenshot taken from CCTV dated 22/05/23 of a police van appearing to bounce over a speed bump on Howell Road as it was following two teenagers on a bike in Ely, Cardiff, minutes before they crashed and died (PA)
Screenshot taken from CCTV dated 22/05/23 of a police van appearing to bounce over a speed bump on Howell Road as it was following two teenagers on a bike in Ely, Cardiff, minutes before they crashed and died (PA)

The next day videos from residents’ CCTV cameras began to emerge showing the police van had followed the teenagers for around half a mile between Frank Road and Stanway Road.

Footage shows the electric bike being ridden along Frank Road at 17:59 and travelling towards a marked police van. The bike then turns around.

Less than half a minute later, a different video from Frank Road shows the bike being followed by the police van. The vehicle’s blue lights or sirens were not illuminated.

Council workers secure the area immediately around a car that was set alight following the deaths
Council workers secure the area immediately around a car that was set alight following the deaths (PA)

At 18:01, the police van is at New Ely Church roundabout, which it is believed the teenagers took a shortcut through to increase their lead on the officers.

The van then travelled a short distance down Archer Road and onto Stanway Road.

A video from Stanway Road shows the bike coming into view at least 15 seconds ahead of the van.

Local residents believe that on Stanway Road, which is closed to traffic at one end, Harvey and Kyrees carried on to pass through the bollards to avoid the police – forcing officers to turn into Howell Road and onto Grand Avenue to loop around the estate.

Cardiff road traffic collision
Tributes left for Kyrees Sullivan, 16, and Harvey Evans, 15, in Ely (Bronwen Weatherby/PA)

Police have still not confirmed whether or not the officers were still in pursuit of Harvey and Kyrees when they turned down Howell Road or at the time of the crash between 18:02:17 and 18:02:41.

CCTV footage recovered from one of the residents of Howell Road appears to show the police van travelling down the road and bouncing over a speed bump.

The clips shows the officers heading down the road at around 18:01:50 – taking into account the timer on the camera is around 11 minutes fast – which would coincide with the timeline released by the police.

Cardiff road traffic collision
Deputy Chief Constable Rachel Bacon of South Wales Police speaks to the media (Bronwen Weatherby/PA)

Deputy Chief Constable Rachel Bacon said that at the time of the collision the van was in Grand Avenue – half a mile away from Snowden Road – and when officers learned of the collision they were even further away on Cowbridge Road West and turned on their blue lights and headed to the scene.

The force has repeatedly said no police van was on Snowden Road when the crash happened and they do not believe another vehicle was involved.

An investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is under way into police contact with the teenagers prior to their deaths.