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Met Police officers could face charges over fatal moped crash

Published 23/10/2015

Metropolitan Police officers could face criminal charges over the fatal moped crash
Metropolitan Police officers could face criminal charges over the fatal moped crash

An investigation into the death of a teenager who fatally crashed his moped during a police pursuit has found officers involved in the chase may have committed criminal offences.

Henry Hicks, 18, died after his scooter collided with vehicles in Islington, north London, on the evening of December 19 last year.

He was being followed by two unmarked police cars at the time of the crash and was taken to hospital but died later.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said its investigation had found the actions of the officers in the unmarked vehicles "may constitute driving and health and safety offences".

The IPCC said it had referred a report on the incident to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to decide whether criminal charges should be brought.

The police watchdog said: "The IPCC investigation looked at the actions of the MPS (Metropolitan Police Service) drivers and operators of the two unmarked police vehicles which were following Henry at the time. The IPCC has identified actions by the officers that may constitute driving and health and safety offences.

"The IPCC has been in touch with the Hicks family throughout the investigation and has updated them on this latest development. The final report has also been passed to the MPS to consider its findings."

IPCC commissioner Jennifer Izekor said: "The IPCC investigation into the events leading to Henry's tragic death on Wheelwright Street that night has now been completed.

"On the basis of all the evidence now gathered and the investigators' findings, I have decided to refer the case to the Crown Prosecution Service to determine whether any criminal charges should be brought against any of the officers involved."

Another IPCC investigation into the contact between the Metropolitan Police and the Hicks family, including prior to Mr Hicks's death, remains ongoing after it was prompted by complaints from the family, the watchdog said.

In February, the Hicks family set up the Henry Hicks Foundation to help bereaved parents.

On the charity's website, Birds Of A Feather actress Linda Robson, who has been a friend of the Hicks family for more than 20 years, paid tribute to Mr Hicks, saying "he was loved by all who knew him and will live on in our hearts and memories forever".

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