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Officers could face charges over two deaths during police pursuit

Makayah McDermott and Rosie Cooper, 34, were walking along Lennard Road in Penge.

Prosecutors are to decide whether to bring charges against two police officers over the deaths of a 10-year-old boy and his aunt who were killed by a stolen car which was being pursued by their marked vehicle.

Makayah McDermott and Rosie Cooper, 34, were walking along Lennard Road in Penge, south-east London, when the vehicle ploughed into them on August 31 2016.

Two 13-year-olds and an eight-year-old girl, who were related to the pair, were also injured.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) launched an investigation into the crash and said on Tuesday that it has referred a file to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for consideration of criminal charges.

Operations manager Catherine Hall said: “Following our investigation I have now decided to make a referral to the CPS as there is an indication that two officers may have committed criminal offences relating to their actions both during and following the pursuit. The referral relates to both the driver and the passenger of the police vehicle.

“I am satisfied we have gathered all the available evidence and it is now for the Crown Prosecution Service to consider whether to bring criminal charges.”

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Joshua Dobby. (Metropolitan Police/PA)

Joshua Dobby was jailed for 12 years in February after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of Makayah, a young actor described as “a natural talent”, and his aunt.

Two of the injured girls, who were Makayah’s older sisters, were left trapped underneath the car, with Dobby stepping over one of their bodies to make good his escape.

The Old Bailey heard the drug addict son of a millionaire was out on licence at the time and had 53 previous convictions dating back to the age of 13.

The IPCC said its investigation report has also been sent to the Metropolitan Police to determine whether or not disciplinary proceedings should be taken against the two officers.

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