Kyle Bartlett's family: 'All we want is justice'
THE family of a teenager who died in a road accident while his moped was being followed by police have called for a fresh investigation.
Relatives of Kyle Bartlett have asked the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) to release statements taken from the police after the fatal collision.
The calls come as the family still believe that the police were to blame for the accident, which saw Kyle and his 15-year-old friend come off the bike while being followed by a police car.
An IPCC investigation has already concluded there is no evidence to support the accusation.
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And a jury sitting at a two-day inquest returned a verdict of accidental death earlier this week.
But 16-year-old Kyle's family say they still have unanswered questions.
Kyle's auntie Shelley Crisp, from Meir, said: "Although we accept the verdict we are not happy with the outcome because we feel there are still a lot of inconsistencies. We feel there are still a lot of things that don't add up in the police statements."
Kyle died after his bike hit a car near the junction of Weston Coyney Road and Weston Road.
An officer had earlier started to trail the bike after noticing one of the teenagers was not wearing a helmet.
But the IPCC denied the collision was directly caused by police activity – a conclusion supported by North Staffordshire Deputy Coroner Anthony Curzon.
The deputy coroner ruled that Kyle could have stopped if he had wanted to.
But Mrs Crisp, aged 37, said: "As soon as we came out of court I was on the phone to the IPCC asking if we can have access to the police statements.
"We don't feel that we have had justice for Kyle because it is still unclear what happened.
"We can't get closure until we have seen the witness statements for ourselves."
Kyle, a former pupil of Blythe Bridge and Endon High school, had intended to join the Army.
Shelley, a telesales supervisor, said: "He was just your typical 16-year-old lad who loved life. Everybody who knew him loved him for his massive smile."
The family say Kyle had only had the moped two days before the accident after using an internet swap site.
Shelley said: "It has been devastating because he had his whole life ahead of him. Instead, he suffered for his own stupidity. We had to bury him on his 17th birthday."
Kyle was taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire but died six days after the accident, on July 12.
His aunt added: "We are going to keep fighting for this and I hope the IPCC will agree to our request. We just can't get our heads round what happened."
Staffordshire Police's Inspector Chris Harrington said: "The IPCC carried out an independent investigation which found no evidence of any misconduct by police officers."