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Great grandmother, 93, hit by police van 'always had a smile on her face'

Credit: South Wales Police / Family photo

The family of a 93-year-old great-grandmother who died after being hit by a police van in Cardiff have paid tribute to her - saying “she always had a smile of her face”.

Winnie Greaves had seventeen great grandchildren. She was born in Cardiff and as a young woman worked at the Ely Paper Mill.

On Saturday evening, around 5.20pm, emergency services were called to Merthyr Road in Whitchurch following an incident involving Mrs Greaves and a police van.

Mrs Greaves was taken to the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, where she died.

The incident has been referred to The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

Her family said the 93-year-old was married to Cliff for 52 years, until he died in 1998.

Winnie was 93 years of age but retained the energy and vigour of a much younger person.

She was born in Cardiff and as a young woman worked at the Ely Paper Mill and later as a waitress at the New Continental Restaurant.

She was married to Cliff for 52 years until he died in 1998.

They had a daughter and three sons followed by 10 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren each of whom she loved dearly.

Winnie had lots of friends and always had a smile on her face.

She had a great life and will be sadly missed.

– Family statement
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The IOPC is appealing for witnesses and any dashcam footage of the incident involving the South Wales Police van and Mrs Greaves.

It says initial information suggests Winnie Greaves had been "trying to cross the road, and the police van, which had its headlights on, was not responding to an incident".

We are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has any dashcam footage to get in touch with our investigators.

Our thoughts are with Mrs Greaves’ family and friends and anyone affected by her death.

Following a mandatory referral from South Wales Police, our investigators attended the scene and the post incident procedures.

We have taken initial accounts from the officers involved and have contacted the woman’s family to explain our role.

– Operations Manager Mel Evan