Police warning over pursuit death

South Wales Police officer has been given a written warning following the death of a young chef who died after being hit by a car being followed by police.

South Wales Police: Police pursuit review conducted

South Wales Police say that they have already conducted a review of its management of police pursuits following the death of Kyle Griffiths.

Responding to a report by the Independent Police Complaints Commission they said that they will now "ensure that staff undergo regular refresher training in this area."

Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Kyle Griffith who died in such tragic circumstances in January 2012.

The IPCC acknowledges that responsibility for Kyle’s death lies firmly with Steven Freye who was convicted of murder and sentenced to a minimum of 13 years in prison following a thorough investigation by South Wales Police.

– South Wales Police Statement

Control room operator warned following police pursuit death

Kyle Griffith
Kyle Griffith died after he was hit by a car in Cardiff Bay in 2012 Credit: South Wales Police

A control room operator at South Wales Police has been given a written warning following the death of a young chef who died after being hit by a car being followed by police.

It follows criticism by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) that the control room operator working at the time, did not check whether the policeman driving the patrol car was authorised to carry out pursuits.

Kyle Griffith died from injuries sustained when Steven Freye's Fiat left the road hitting him on James Street in the Cardiff Bay are of the Capital in the early hours of 10th January 2012.

IPCC Commissioner for Wales Tom Davies offered his sympathy and condolences and said that "the entire responsibility for the death rests firmly with Freye."

"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 driver were not authorised."

Stephen Freye was found guilty at Cardiff Crown Court in November last year for murdering 25-year-old Kyle Griffiths.

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Stephen Freye jailed for life after mowing down passer-by

Stephen Freye was jailed for life at Cardiff Crown Court today Credit: South Wales Police

Stephen Freye has been jailed for life at Cardiff Crown Court after mowing down an innocent passer by.

The court heard the 22-year-old snorted 70 lines of cocaine before climbing into his car and looking for a victim to run over late at night.

Kyle Griffith, 25, was on the way home from work when Freye aimed his car at him - killing him instantly.

Freye claimed he was hallucinating after sniffing a bag of 10 grammes of cocaine over a weekend.

Cardiff Crown court heard Freye confessed to police at the scene: "I was told to kill a stranger." Freye, of Roath, Cardiff, denied murder but was found guilty following a two week trial.

Stephen Freye found guilty of murder

Kyle Griffith was hit by a blue Fiat Cinquecento in James Street in Cardiff Bay. Credit: South Wales Police

Cardiff Crown Court has found Stephen Freye, 22, guilty of the murder of 25-year-old Kyle Griffiths. The young chef died after a car struck him when he was walking along the pavement on James Street, Cardiff.

South Wales Police said the car collided with Mr Griffith at around 03:00, after failing to stop for a marked police vehicle in the centre of Cardiff.

Mr Griffith, who lived in Cardiff Bay, was taken to the University Hospital of Wales where he later died.

Sentencing will take place tomorrow.

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Court appearance for man charged with murder

Kyle Griffith
25-year-old Kyle Griffith died in the incident in January Credit: South Wales Police

Stephen Freye has appeared in Cardiff Crown Court accused of murdering a young father. The 22-year-old was arrested after Kyle Griffith was hit by a blue Fiat Cinquecento in James Street in Cardiff Bay.

Mr Freye, from Pentwyn, Cardiff, is charged with murder and causing death by dangerous driving. He has been remanded in custody and will appear at Newport Crown Court on April 20.