Police launch probe into caravan park 'altercation' hours before Newport crash killed 3 as cops search for 6th passenger | The Sun
Police have launched a probe into an "altercation" which took place at a caravan park hours before a crash which killed three people, as cops search for a sixth passenger.
The clash reportedly took place at Trecco Bay caravan park in Porthcawl, where the group drove after leaving a nightclub 40 miles away in Newport.
The group are understood to have dropped off a sixth passenger, an unnamed man, at his home in Cardiff after leaving the site.
South Wales Police told the Mirror that it is investigating the alleged altercation and reports of a sixth passenger.
Rafel Jeane-Actie, 24, and pals Eve Smith and Darcy Ross, both 21, died when their white VW Tiguan crashed near Cardiff, Wales in the early hours of Saturday.
Sophie Russon, 20, and Shane Loughlin, 32, were discovered alive inside the wreck 48 hours later off the A48 in St Mellons – they remain in a critical condition in hospital.
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The five had been out at Muffler bar and club in Maeglas, Newport, on Friday night before heading to Porthcawl and back prior to the smash off a roundabout.
Lewis Pace, a close friend of Rafel who died in the smash, and his dad Matthew say they discovered the wreckage before cops.
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The family say they came across the car just after midnight on Monday – 15 minutes after launching their search – when they saw tyre marks off the roundabout.
Matthew, from Cardiff, said the pair pulled up and walked towards the trees after spotting what they thought was "a headlight glinting".
He added: “The next minute a plain clothes police car pulled up… They radioed in to the helicopter and shone flashlights to guide it in… it went crazy."
Despite the pair's account, Gwent Police claim it was officers from the force that discovered the car, saying: "Officers on the ground had sight of the car at 12:02am and this culminated in a log being created by South Wales Police at 12:15 am."
Friends Sophie, Eve, and Darcy arrived at Muffler bar and club at around 11pm on Friday.
Inside the trio met Shane and Rafel, whom the girls had never met, before all five went to Shane's family caravan in Trecco Bay, Porthcawl – around 36 miles from Newport.
Darcy had posted photos of her and Rafel partying that night to Snapchat.
But haunting CCTV shows the car the group had been travelling in at around 2am in the Llanedeyrn area of Cardiff where they reportedly dropped off an unnamed man.
The group may have travelled around 85 miles in total before coming off the road – but they remained undiscovered for 48 hours.
Police say they only received the first missing person report at 7.34pm on Saturday.
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Further missing persons reports came in at 7.43pm, 9.32pm that night before South Wales Police received a fourth at 5.37pm on Sunday.
Cops from Gwent Police discovered the car around 12.02pm on Monday.
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