…By Judah Olanisebee for TDPel Media.
Motorbike Convoy Honoring Deceased Boys: Concerns Over Risky Driving
A motorbike convoy, consisting of motorbikes, off-road scramblers, and quad bikes, undertook a ride from Ely to Barry as a tribute to two boys who tragically lost their lives in a recent crash.
Kyrees Sullivan, 16, and Harvey Evans, 15, were riding an e-bike when the accident occurred in Ely.
The ride aimed to commemorate their memory and raise awareness of road safety.
The Convoy Ride:
More than 50 vehicles participated in the ride on June 10, starting from Ely and reaching Cold Knap in Barry before returning.
The event garnered significant attention, with a substantial police presence.
However, concerns were raised about some participants driving in a manner that posed risks to other road users and pedestrians.
Videos from the area captured the long line of vehicles arriving at Cold Knap, with some bikes proceeding onto the pebbly beach, performing wheelies, and honking their horns.
While some witnesses described the entrance and exit as noisy, they acknowledged that the majority of participants maintained a civilized and calm demeanor.
However, a small minority engaged in inappropriate behavior, such as performing stunts in public areas.
Police Monitoring and Appeals:
In response to the event, the police deployed a helicopter and issued warnings to the public, urging them to exercise caution during the “public event” taking place at Barry Island.
Concerns were specifically raised about hazardous driving.
Authorities have appealed to anyone with dashcam footage of the event to come forward and assist with their investigations.
Police Tweets and Updates:
South Wales Police took to Twitter to acknowledge the event and express concerns about risky driving behavior that could potentially persist upon the convoy’s return to the Ely area.
Officers closely monitored the situation and collected evidence to support their inquiries.
Following the boys’ tragic deaths, the incident sparked hours of violence and vandalism on May 22.
Reports emerged that a police van had been following the pair prior to the crash, leading to unrest.
Currently, 20 individuals arrested in connection with the disorder have been released on police bail as investigations continue.
Authorities are actively investigating both the crash and the subsequent riot.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct has initiated an independent investigation, focusing on four key points within the inquiry.
The motorbike convoy ride served as a heartfelt tribute to the two boys who lost their lives in the crash.
While the majority of participants maintained a respectful presence, concerns were raised about risky driving behavior exhibited by a minority.
Police monitoring, appeals for evidence, and ongoing investigations highlight the significance of ensuring public safety and determining the circumstances surrounding the tragic incident and the subsequent disorder.
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