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Cardiff bike crash latest: Huge crowd hurries to ally vigil as slain teen's uncle attacks police

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John O’Driscoll, the great-uncle of 15-year-old Harvey Evans, said police “should have stopped” when they noticed the two teenage boys were not wearing helmets as they walked past the 1,000 people attending the vigil on Friday evening. were among For Harvey and his best friend, 16-year-old Kiris Sullivan.

“What happened on Monday with the riots was wrong,” he said, referring to the violent scenes in the hours after the teenagers were killed in the crash. “The boys were wrong, but it was out of desperation. It was because a lot of boys get abused by the police here and that’s how things started.

“Harvey was my great nephew, we have a big family and we’re all close. They were just young boys. Everyone here rides bikes and scooters.

“Yes, we provoke them, but that’s what they do, but the moment those jawans saw that he was not wearing a helmet, they should have stopped,” he said.

Tara Cobham27 May 2023 08:10

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About a thousand people took part in Friday evening’s procession. Many of those present wore white T-shirts emblazoned with blue balloons and pictures of the boys. Dozens of blue and orange torches were also lit and fireworks were set off.

As the balloons were released into the sky, tears welled up in the eyes of some in the crowd, and the crowd fell silent before thunderous applause. The family requested that no one on the Sur-Ron bike and no police attend the vigil.

About a thousand people took part in Friday evening’s procession

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Harvey Evans was killed along with 16-year-old Kyres Sullivan when their Sur-Ron electric bike crashed in the Ely area of ​​the city on Monday evening.

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Many of those attending the vigil wore blue balloons and white T-shirts emblazoned with pictures of the boys

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As the balloons were released into the sky, tears welled up in some of the crowd and there was a moment’s silence before the crowd burst into applause.

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Tara Cobham27 May 2023 08:22

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In an update on the investigation into what led to Monday’s fatal crash, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said it was investigating:

– the nature of police interactions with the two boys prior to the collision and the appropriateness of the police officers’ decisions and actions

– whether at any time the decisions and actions of the officers in the police vehicle followed

– whether the interactions between the police officers and the boys were properly reported by officers before and after the collision

Whether South Wales Police’s actions and decisions on the conversation were in line with the law, local and national policies and procedures.

Martha Macready27 May 2023 00:00

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The families of two best friends killed in a crash in Cardiff that sparked the riots have paid tribute, saying their “hearts are truly broken” as they pleaded for “peace within the community”.

Harvey Evans, 15, and Kiris Sullivan, 16, died after the crash in the Ely area on Monday evening.

Their families have now paid tribute to the boys, saying they were “loved not only by their families but also by their community”.

Harvey’s family said their hearts were “truly broken” at the loss of an “immensely beloved son, grandson, brother, nephew, friend and lover”.

The statement further said: “He lived life to the fullest, he had a big heart and deep down he really cared. He was Kyris’ best friend and our condolences and prayers are with his family as well .

“We ask for peace within the community and request that people leave the investigation to the police so that we can get the answers we so desperately need to put Harvey to rest.

“As Harvey’s mother, I want to remember my son as the fun and loving son he was, not as the media is now portraying him.”

Tara Cobham And joe middleton Report:

Martha Macready26 May 2023 23:00

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The great-uncle of a 15-year-old boy who died in a crash in Cardiff has criticized South Wales Police because of the vigil at the scene where the boy and his best friend died.

Harvey Evans was killed along with 16-year-old Kyris Sullivan when their Sur-Ron electric bike crashed in the Ely area of ​​the city on Monday evening.

John O’Driscoll, Harvey Evans’ great-uncle, said police “should have stopped” when they noticed the two teenage boys were not wearing helmets as they attended a vigil on Friday evening.

Martha Macready26 May 2023 22:03

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A police watchdog has appealed for witnesses who saw the moments before two teenagers died in a road crash.

In a statement released on Friday, David Ford, director of the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), said: “Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of Kyrese and Harvey, as well as all those affected by the loss of two young lives.” A close-knit community like Ellie’s.

“Our investigators are making inquiries and obtaining evidence from the immediate vicinity of the incident, speaking to local residents, distributing leaflets and gathering as much relevant information as possible.

“I am really grateful for the co-operation and help we have received from people in the local community. We would welcome anyone who we have not yet spoken to who believes that they have information from 5.35pm to 6.10pm on Monday Beach footage or seen something relevant, so they can come forward to us.

“We are working hard to establish the exact circumstances of what happened in the period prior to the collision. I want to assure everyone in the community that our work will be thorough, impartial and independent of the police.

Martha Macready26 May 2023 22:00

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The timeline released by South Wales Police stated:

5.59 pm: CCTV shows bike going towards police vehicle in Frank Road, bike then overturns

at 6 pm: There is a police car behind the bike. The police have highlighted CCTV images which show that no blue beacon or siren was operating.

6.01 pm: The police vehicle is at the New Church Alley roundabout and travels via Archer Road, Stanway Road and Howell Road.

6.02.31 pm: Police vehicle turns onto Grand Avenue.

6.02.18 pm – 6.02.41 pm: Estimated time of the fatal accident on Snowden Road. Police said the police vehicle was on Grand Avenue, half a mile off Snowden Road, at the time of the accident.

Martha Macready26 May 2023 21:00

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In pictures: Wreaths laid for teen killed in Alley crash

Wreaths laid for Kyris Sullivan and Harvey Evans on Snowden Road, Ely, Cardiff

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Kyris Sullivan and Harvey Evans died in a road accident on Ely’s Snowden Road

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Martha Macready26 May 2023 20:00

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John O’Driscoll, Harvey Evans’ great-uncle, said: “What happened with the riot on Monday was wrong.

“The boys were wrong, but it was out of desperation.

“It was because a lot of boys used to get abused by the police around here and so things started,” Mr O’Driscoll said.

“Harvey was my great nephew, we have a big family and we’re all close.

“They were just young boys. Everyone here rides bikes and scooties.

“Yes, we make them angry, but that’s all they do, but as soon as those jawans saw that he was not wearing a helmet, they should have stopped.”

Martha Macready26 May 2023 19:55

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The uncle of 15-year-old Harvey Evans, who died following a crash in Ely, said: “We have all been tarred with the same brush here, especially given what happened on Monday.

“But this is the real Eli. Look how many people have turned up to pay their respects.

“The only difference between Monday and today is that there are no police here.”

Martha Macready26 May 2023 19:54