Henry Hicks: Officers ‘have a case to answer for’, says police watchdog

Borough commander Catherine Roper, who made the revelations in a police statement today

Borough commander Catherine Roper, who made the revelations in a police statement today - Credit: Archant

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has recommended that the four police officers involved in the death of teenager Henry Hicks “have a case to answer for gross misconduct”, Islington borough commander Catherine Roper has revealed today.

Speaking following the conclusion of the inquest into the 18-year-old’s death, in which a jury unanimously decided Henry’s death was the result of a police chase, Chief Superintendent Roper did not comment on whether the Met will be going ahead with the IPCC’s recommendations.

In a brief statement, the borough commander also said that the Met’s pursuit policy, which came under intense scrutiny during the inquest, would be reviewed following the verdict.

“Our pursuit policy, which is based on national guidance, is kept under constant review. In light of today’s narrative delivered by the jury and any recommendations made by the Coroner in her report, and the IPCC, we will once again review that policy.

Chief Supt Roper also adressed widespread concerns in the community following the death of Henry on December 19 2014.

“I know that Henry’s death has prompted serious local community concerns. I will keep working hard with my local community to ensure that we do all we can to address them.”

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