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Police in Lewis Johnson chase will not face charges

Holloway teenager died after crashing his moped as he was pursued by officers

26 January, 2018 — By Emily Finch

Lewis Johnson was a former student at St Aloysius College in Archway

TWO police officers who were involved in the chase of a Holloway teenager on his moped who crashed and died will not face charges, it was revealed this week.

Lewis Johnson, 18, died when his moped collided with a van in Clapton Common on February 9, 2016. An investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), formerly the Independent Police Complaints Commission, was launched shortly after the crash which also injured Mr Johnson’s pillion passenger.

Lewis, nicknamed “Lighty”, was a former student at St Aloysius College in Archway. He played football for Crystal Palace’s youth team.

Scotland Yard said that police were called to reports that the moped Lewis was riding had made off after a suspected snatch theft of a mobile phone in Dalston.

They said officers gave chase after a moped fitting the description failed to stop for police and that the police helicopter was also called. After a two-mile chase the moped crashed and Lewis died at the scene.

An IOPC spokeswoman said: “The IOPC investigation into the death of Lewis Johnson was com­pleted in May 2017 and a referral made to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to consider criminal charges against two officers for potential driving offences and against one officer for misconduct in a public office.

“The CPS has decided to take no further action against the officers. We are currently in discussions with the Met regarding the findings of our investigation and disciplinary proceedings.”

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