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Hicks family reject Met apology

Teenager from Angel died in 2014 moped crash while being followed by police cars

14 February, 2020 — By Calum Fraser

Henry Hicks’ death sparked a furious backlash against the police

THE family of Henry Hicks have rejected an apology sent by the Met five years after the 18-year-old died in a crash while being followed by the police.

Henry’s death in 2014 sparked a furious backlash against the police with his family saying that the popular Angel boy had often been unfairly stopped and searched by officers in the past.

A letter sent to the family, after an internal police conduct investigation in 2017 cleared the four police officers in the car following Henry of any wrongdoing, has now apologised for the way in which the ­teenager was treated.

Claudia Hicks, Henry’s sister, told the Tribune: “It’s not good enough. It’s a bit rubbish really. Nothing is going to bring Henry back.”

A mural covers the wall in Wheelwright Street, off Caledonian Road, where Henry died.

Dozens of fresh ­flowers were laid there in December to mark the anniversary of his death.

A police spokeswoman said: “A letter was sent to the Hicks family in ­October 2019. It apologised for the distress they have suffered as well as saying sorry for the ­manner and frequency of stop and search ­interactions between Henry and officers between 2011 and 2014.”


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