IOPC update on the investigation into the MPS handling of the Barking & Dagenham murders
The IOPC regional director for London, Sal Naseem, attended our community meeting on 24th January on the deaths of Anthony Walgate, Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth and Jack Taylor. We asked him for an explanation of the process to decide whether to re-open the IOPC investigation into the MPS handling of the four murders.
We have received more details this week. [ Full letter ]
The IOPC is aware that "some of the information coming to light was potentially new information". So, they have embarked on an "initial assessment" to see if there are "compelling reasons" to re-open the investigation. There are two criteria that must both be satisfied:
The first criterion:
(1a) There is significant new information that requires further investigation and a real possibility that the new information, had it been available, would have led wholly or partly to different decisions on discipline, performance and/or referral to the CPS;
OR (1b) The original [IOPC] investigation was flawed in a manner which had a material impact on subsequent decisions on discipline, performance and/or referral to the CPS.
The second criterion:
(2) It is necessary to require a reinvestigation in the public interest.
They are at this "initial assessment" phase. They are unable to give a clear timescale for when this will be completed.
It is clear that the community is impatient for progress. The LGBT+ Advisory Group will continue to press them for updates.