Kyle Griffith death: South Wales Police told to review pursuit training

Kyle Griffith Kyle Griffith, 25, died after being hit by a car in Cardiff Bay

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South Wales Police has been told to review the training of control room staff after a pursuit in Cardiff during which a pedestrian died.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said staff action was not responsible for Kyle Griffith's death but there were some management issues.

The force said it had already conducted a review of its management of police pursuits.

Drug-user Stephen Freye was convicted of murdering Mr Griffiths.

He had snorted 70 lines of cocaine before he drove at and killed chef Kyle Griffith, 25, as he walked through Cardiff Bay in January 2012.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation was into how South Wales Police had dealt with the police pursuit during which this occurred.

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One of the key lessons was the control room operator did not draw it to the attention of his supervisor”

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It found that the control room operator did not find out whether the police driver was authorised to carry out pursuits.

Subsequent changes were also made to the police log of the incident.

Following an internal misconduct hearing the force gave the control room operator a written warning.

Stephen Freye Stephen Freye was jailed for life for the murder of Kyle Griffith
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The force also decided that the police driver would be the subject of management action for going after the car driven by Steven Freye even though he was not an authorised pursuit driver.

IPCC Commissioner for Wales Tom Davies said: "I would like to again offer my sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of Mr Griffith for their sad loss."

He added that the "entire responsibility for the death rests firmly with Freye" and the investigation focused on the management of the pursuit by the control room.

"One of the key lessons was the control room operator did not draw it to the attention of his supervisor.

"Once the pursuit was recognised then it should have been stopped immediately as the vehicle and the driver were not authorised."

Refresher training

Mr Davies said the early stage of a police pursuit is crucial and operators have a "pivotal role to play with early actions and to immediately refer such matters to their supervisor".

"We have asked South Wales Police to review their pursuit training package for control room staff focusing on these aspects."

In response to the IPCC's conclusions South Wales Police said: "Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Kyle Griffith who died in such tragic circumstances in January 2012.

"The force has already conducted a review of its management of police pursuits and robust procedures are in place to deal with such challenging and complex incidents.

"We ensure that our staff undergo regular refresher training in this area."

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