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Police watchdog IPCC finishes investigation into death of moped rider Lewis Johnson in Clapton Common

PUBLISHED: 17:31 10 August 2017 | UPDATED: 17:40 10 August 2017

Flowers at the scene of the crash that killed Lewis Johnson in 2016. Picture: Ken Mears

Flowers at the scene of the crash that killed Lewis Johnson in 2016. Picture: Ken Mears

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Prosecutors are weighing up whether to charge two police officers with driving offences over the death of Lewis Johnson in a chase last year.

Flowers at the scene of the crash that killed Lewis Johnson last year. Picture: Ken Mears Flowers at the scene of the crash that killed Lewis Johnson last year. Picture: Ken Mears

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has finished its investigation into the death of the Holloway teenager in Clapton Common and handed over its findings to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Two officers driving police cars chasing Lewis and pillion passenger Louis Kyriacou had been placed under criminal investigation and handed gross misconduct notices by the IPCC.

The watchdog’s report was also passed to the Met, who will consider misconduct proceedings against the same two officers and three others who were also handed gross misconduct notices but not investigated for criminal offences.

Lewis, 18, was killed when his Vespa smashed into a van following a police chase in Clapton Common on February 9 last year.

Messages left for Lewis Johnson at the scene of the moped crash that killed him last year. Picture: Ken Mears Messages left for Lewis Johnson at the scene of the moped crash that killed him last year. Picture: Ken Mears

The talented footballer and his pillion passenger Louis Kyriacou were being chased after a smash-and-grab robbery in Kingsland Road. Kyriacou, of Pentonville Road, Islington, was found with five phones on him and was jailed for 10 months in November after admitting stealing them.

An IPCC spokeswoman said: “We have passed our report to the Metropolitan Police Service to consider, and have also referred a file to the CPS to consider any criminal charges for potential driving offences in relation to two police drivers.

“It is the role of the CPS to decide whether there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge individuals.

“The final IPCC report will be published once all proceedings have concluded.”

2 comments

  • Also, can we please try to report stories accurately to reflect the truth: "Lewis, 18, was killed when his Vespa smashed into a van following a police chase in Clapton Common on February 9 last year." is not a valid portrayal of the incident. The actual reality is: "Lewis, 18, was killed when his Vespa smashed into a van following him attempting to flee from police in Clapton Common on February 9 last year." His actions, his consequence. Police were doing exactly what we all pay them to do, chase suspects, or in this case, actual criminals.

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    Nila T

    Friday, August 11, 2017

  • I'm sorry, what does the fact he was a 'talented footballer' have to do with a story about two police officers being potentially prosecuted for doing their job and chasing a thieving criminal after he committed a crime? The fact he chose to run from the police was HIS choice because he was a young criminal who was "smashing and grabbing". The story should be feeling sorry for the officers who were brave enough to do their job correctly and try to save us law abiding citizens from a selfish, greedy, lazy, criminal who had a total disregard for others property and rights and who killed himself while trying to not have to face the consequences of HIS crimes.

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    Nila T

    Friday, August 11, 2017

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