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Henry Hicks pursuit: Met misconduct hearing date set

Four police officers facing disciplinary action over death of Angel teenager

23 June, 2017 — By Koos Couvée

Henry Hicks died after crashing his Vespa moped into cars near Pentonville Prison, in December, 2014

A MISCONDUCT hearing for the officers involved in the fatal pursuit of teenager Henry Hicks has been set for October, the Tribune can reveal – a year after a jury rejected their evidence at an inquest.

The 18-year-old from Angel died after losing control of a Vespa moped and crashing into cars in Wheelwright Street, next to Pentonville Prison, on December 19, 2014.

In June last year, following a 12-day inquest into Henry’s death, a coroner ruled that he was killed in a road crash during a police pursuit. The jury rejected the version of events provided by police officers involved in the chase.

Based on the inquest findings and its own investigation, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) ruled that the four officers, known only as A, B, C and D, should face gross misconduct proceedings over their actions during the pursuit.

This week, the Met confirmed to the Tribune that a four-day gross misconduct hearing for the four officers involved in the chase is scheduled to start on October 17.

The officers, all based at Islington police station in Tolpuddle Street, remain on “restricted duties”, the Met said. None has retired or resigned.

The inquest heard that Henry was being followed by two unmarked police cars. Officers said he had been acting suspiciously.

Seven small bags of cannabis and £230 in cash were recovered from Henry’s clothing by a detective after the crash.

The four officers travelling in the pursuing cars told the inquest Henry was “at no point aware” they were following him and that, therefore, the events of that night “technically” did not constitute a pursuit.

But the jury rejected their evidence.

The IPCC found that the officers conducted a pursuit without authorisation from a senior officer in the control room.


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