Hundreds set to gather today for funeral of tragic scooter teen Henry Hicks

Henry Hicks

Henry Hicks - Credit: photo: Arnaud Stephenson

Hundreds of mourners are expected to gather today for the funeral of a young man killed in the scooter crash.

Family and friends of Henry Hicks, who was just 18 when he died in December, along with scores of well wishers are set to pay their respects at the Holy Redeemer Church, in Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell at 1pm, before moving on to the Golders Green crematorium.

David Hicks, Henry’s dad, posted a message on Facebook, which said: “Went to see my son at Miller’s undertakers [with] my wife and three children this is so so so so so not right Henry can not wait to be with you I love you more than you would know, I will see you soon, Daddy.”

Henry, of Liverpool Road, Islington, was on a black Vespa scooter when it hit a parked car on Wheelwright Street, near the junction of Roman Way, and went into the path of an oncoming Saab.

He was being followed by a police car, believed to have had its blue light flashing, and the four officers in the car have been served with gross misconduct notices by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

The IPCC will now interview the four police constables to help determine if their conduct or actions may have breached their standards of professional behaviour.

The commission said the misconduct notices do not imply guilt, but let officers know their behaviour and conduct are under investigation, and the level of severity.

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A large crowd gathered at the scene of the crash on Monday evening to celebrate what would have bee the teenager’s 19th birthday.

Birds of a Feather star Linda Robson, in a Twitter message of support this morning, said: “Bless them, the hardest day for any parent losing their lovely son.”

Since the incident there have been a number of peaceful demonstrations and vigils at the scene of his death, and graffiti has appeared in hundreds of spots across the borough saying ‘Police killed Henry Hicks’.

The family have also setup an online petition, with more than 6,200 signatures, calling for justice.

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