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Control room operator warned following police pursuit death

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.

Court appearance for man charged with murder

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.