Cardiff crash cops probe caravan park ‘altercation’ and search for 6th passenger

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    Police investigating the car crash near Cardiff, that left three people dead in the early hours of Saturday (March 4), are looking into an alleged altercation that took place at a caravan park just hours before.

    There have also been reports of a sixth passenger that police are also looking into, according to the Mirror.

    The altercation is alleged to have occurred at Trecco Bay caravan park in Porthcawl, where the group drove after leaving the Muffler nightclub in Newport 40 miles away.

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    The sixth passenger, an unnamed man, is understood to have been dropped at his home in Cardiff after the group left the caravan park.

    Shortly afterwards, the car left the A48(M) in the St Mellons area, smashing through trees and ending up a twisted wreck.

    Eve Smith and Darcy Ross, both 21, and Rafel Jeanne, 24, died in the crash, while Sophie Russon, 20, and Shane Loughlin, 32, remain in a critical condition.

    South Wales Police confirmed to the Mirror today (Wednesday, March 8) that it is investigating the alleged altercation and reports of a sixth passenger.

    A force spokesperson told the publication: "While that investigation is ongoing we will not be commenting further."

    It is not known exactly why they visited the caravan site, but is is believed that Mr Loughlin's family has a caravan there.

    A friend, who helped search for the group, wrote on social media: "There was an altercation at the caravan site where the security guards last saw them.

    "Not sure what the altercation was but the security said they all jumped into this car."

    A spokesperson for Park Dean Resorts, which runs the caravan park, said they were unable to comment due to the ongoing police investigation.

    This came after the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) announced an investigation into two forces over the crash and subsequent search.

    David Ford, IOPC director, said: "After careful assessment of referrals from Gwent Police and South Wales Police, we have decided to independently investigate how police responded to the missing person reports.

    "We will be examining what information police had, the grading given to any risk assessments and the steps taken by police to locate the missing people prior to the Volkswagen Tiguan being found just after midnight on Monday.

    "We will also consider what communication took place between the two forces and whether police action was appropriate and followed relevant policy and procedures."

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