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Death crash driver’s policeman father ‘tried to stop officers’ questions’

The mother of Olympic cyclist Chris Boardman died in the accident two years ago.

The policeman father of a driver who killed Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Chris Boardman’s mother in a crash tried to stop officers questioning his daughter-in-law at work, a court has heard.

Carol Boardman, 75, suffered multiple injuries when she was hit by the Mitsubishi pick-up truck driven by Liam Rosney, 32, after falling from her bicycle in Connah’s Quay, North Wales, in July 2016.

A trial at Mold Crown Court has heard Mr Rosney was on the phone to his wife, Victoria, 32, just four seconds before the fatal collision, on a mini-roundabout on Mold Road.

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The couple are alleged to have deleted mobile phone call records (Peter Byrne/PA)

The couple are alleged to have deleted call records from their phones after the crash.

Giving evidence on Tuesday, Detective Sergeant Laura Griffiths said she and two other officers had gone to the couple’s home on Welland Drive in Connah’s Quay on November 22 2016 to seize Mrs Rosney’s phone, but the house was empty.

She said she rang Mrs Rosney who told her she was at work, at Moneysupermarket in Ewloe, and would need to ask whether she could leave to return.

About 10 minutes after speaking to her, the officers received a call from Peter Rosney, Mr Rosney’s father.

Mark Rhind, defending Mrs Rosney, asked Ms Griffiths if she knew Peter Rosney was a senior police officer in North Wales.

She said: “I’m aware he is a police officer, yes.”

She confirmed that during the phone conversation he gave her his opinions about what the officers could and could not do.

Mr Rhind said: “He was clearly of the view you could not go to her place of work?”

She replied: “That’s what he said to us.”

I do recall her, DC Griffiths, stating he, Mr Peter Rosney, had told her we were not to turn up at her workplace. Pc Arwyn Phillips

In a statement, Pc Arwyn Phillips said he had been with Ms Griffiths when she took the call.

He said: “I do recall her, DC Griffiths, stating he, Mr Peter Rosney, had told her we were not to turn up at her workplace.”

Ms Griffiths said when Mrs Rosney did not call back they made their way to the offices and, after waiting for some time, spoke to her there.

She told officers her phone was on her desk but, when it could not be found there, said it was with a colleague, Ms Griffiths told the court.

Sian Williams, who also works at Moneysupermarket, said Mrs Rosney had handed the phone to her when she went to speak to the officers.

Mrs Williams said she could not recall if Mrs Rosney said anything to her but said it was not usual for them to take phones into meetings unless there was an emergency.

She denied that she had been hiding the phone for her friend.

Pc Robert Beedham told the court that when data from Mrs Rosney’s iPhone had been downloaded, calls from the day of the crash were not on the call log.

But he accepted call data could “fall off” a phone if it was old or storage was full.

The court also heard screenshots of the call log from the day of the accident were on the phone, along with pictures of phone bills for her and her husband.

Mr Rosney denies causing death by dangerous driving, as well as an alternative count of causing death by careless driving, and he and Mrs Rosney both deny perverting the course of justice.

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