Police launch witness appeal after funeral procession from Bolsover to Sheffield

Police are appealing for witnesses, dash cam and CCTV footage after a funeral procession that travelled through Bolsover attracted numerous drivers behaving anti-socially last week.

Thursday, 6th May 2021, 9:15 am

Between 10am and 1pm on Wednesday (April 28), a funeral procession travelled from Bolsover through Parsons Cross to Shiregreen Cemetery.

While on this route, a number of vehicles, including a number of high performance sports cars which had been hired specifically for the funeral were observed to be blocking junctions, driving into oncoming traffic and across roundabouts, and occupants were hanging out of windows.

Drivers were also seen to be travelling along pavements, causing pedestrians to run from the vehicles.

"The manner of driving demonstrated by a handful of those attending meant that they not only posed a risk to themselves, but to other members of the procession and members of the public on route."

Sergeant Matt Duffy, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “This funeral was a result of a tragic accident which sadly cost two young men their lives.

"People were there that day to pay their respects and commemorate the lives of their loved ones.

“However, the manner of driving demonstrated by a handful of those attending meant that they not only posed a risk to themselves, but to other members of the procession and members of the public on route. Our call handlers received a number of calls from people reporting instances of dangerous driving and concerns for the welfare of other road users.

“Our job is to reduce road accidents and educate drivers how to drive safely, and we are now appealing for information as part of this inquiry.

“If anyone has any dash cam or CCTV footage of the vehicles being driven dangerously last Thursday in Derbyshire, or in Sheffield, please contact us.”

Quote incident number 100 of 28 April. Any footage can be sent through to [email protected].

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