...By Joseph Benjamin for TDPel Media.
The two teenagers involved in the fatal crash that led to widespread riots in Ely have been identified locally as Kyrees Sullivan, 16, and Harvey Evans, 15.
The tragic incident occurred while they were riding an electric bike.
Police were called to Snowden Road in Ely around 6pm on Monday night, which eventually led to a large gathering of hundreds of people in the area.
Rumors and Police Response
Initial rumors suggested a police chase, but South Wales Police clarified that the collision had taken place before their arrival at the scene.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct has not received a referral regarding the incident.
However, tensions escalated amidst the gathering crowd.
Tributes and Desperate Families
Following the crash, a growing number of tributes have been left at the crash site.
Friends of the two boys, who were from the Ely area, revealed that they were riding a Sur-Ron electric bike without helmets when the tragedy occurred.
The families of the victims expressed desperation for more information from the police about the incident.
Frustration and Lack of Support
Bridy Bool, a nearby resident, highlighted the frustration of Harvey Evans’ mother, who was seeking information about her son’s location.
Bool claimed that the police were not providing any updates and that the family had been waiting anxiously for news throughout the night and morning.
She emphasized the lack of support on the ground during this difficult time for the affected families.
Claims of Police Chase and Tribute to Harvey
Bool asserted that the fatal crash happened as a result of a police chase, supported by circulating videos showing police pursuing the teenagers.
She stated that the boys had not been wearing helmets and that there was no apparent reason for them to be chased.
Bool paid tribute to Harvey Evans, describing him as a sociable boy with a passion for motorbikes and football.
She emphasized that he and Kyrees were best friends who shared common interests.
The Riot and its Consequences
Arrests were made in connection with the riots that erupted after the crash, but the exact number was not disclosed by the South Wales force.
Specially trained public order officers, including those from neighboring police forces, were deployed to control the situation.
The riots involved the burning of vehicles, property damage, and injuries to officers.
Disturbing livestreamed footage depicted young individuals launching fireworks and other projectiles at police officers with riot shields.
Community Response and Political Condemnation
The riot and subsequent violence were met with condemnation from politicians across the political spectrum.
The Prime Minister’s office expressed shock and gratitude towards emergency services, condemning the disorder, violence, arson, and attacks on police officers.
South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael emphasized the spread of rumors on social media and the need for a proper investigation.
First Minister Mark Drakeford stated his close monitoring of the situation, while Cardiff Council’s leader called for calm and an immediate investigation into the crash.
Welsh Conservative Leader Andrew RT Davies denounced the disorder as deeply concerning and inexcusable.
This tragic event has shaken the close-knit community of Ely, prompting calls for a thorough investigation into the crash while emphasizing the need for calm and unity in the face of the devastating consequences.