Friday 11 December 2020

Met Police publishes review of 58 GHB-related deaths

In the wake of the investigations of the murder of Stephen Port, the Metropolitan Police conducted a thorough review of 58 deaths from GHB between June 2011 and October 2015. The first objective was to identify if any these deaths were homicide cases. Also, it was an opportunity to learn lessons from the investigations into these deaths. Members of our LGBT+ Advisory Group have been active in setting up the terms of reference for the review and also in the final case closure review of the findings from each individual case.

The review did not find links to the Port murders and there is no evidence of homicide in these deaths. Nevertheless, investigative shortcomings were identified and there is an extensive list of recommendations for improvement. 

We are continuing to push for a thorough implementation of these recommendations and other organisational learning from the Port investigation.