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Hicks IPCC official ‘stands down’ after coming under investigation herself

Jennifer Izekor supervised the Police Complaints Commission’s probe into the road-chase deaths of Islington teenagers Henry Hicks and Lewis Johnson

18 March, 2017 — By Koos Couvée

IPCC commissioner Jennifer Izekor oversaw the investigations into the crash deaths of Henry Hicks and Lewis Johnson

THE watchdog official who oversaw investigations into the road-chase deaths of Islington teenagers Henry Hicks and Lewis Johnson has “stood down” from her duties after coming under police investigation over an unrelated inquiry.

Jennifer Izekor, one of six commissioners at the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), has stood aside as Police Scotland examines allegations made against the watchdog. It is thought to be the first time a police force has carried out such an inquiry.

Scottish officers were asked by the Met to investigate claims the IPCC deliberately suppressed evidence during an inquiry into alleged police misconduct overseen by Ms Izekor.

She supervised the watchdog’s probe into the death of Henry, 18, from Angel, who died after crashing his moped into cars in Wheelwright Street, next to Pentonville Prison, in December 2014 while he was being chased by two unmarked police cars.

Holloway teenager Lewis Johnson died following a two-mile pursuit by police

Until last week she was also overseeing the investigation into Lewis’s death. Lewis, also 18, from Holloway, died when the moped he was travelling on collided with a van in Clapton in February last year following a two-mile pursuit by police.

Scotland Yard has told the Tribune that “two linked allegations of crime” were made arising out of “issues with disclosure” against Ms Izekor, and an IPCC investigator who is suspended but has not been named.

They relate to a misconduct hearing involving three Met police officers who were subsequently cleared. On February 28, the Met asked Police Scotland to investigate.

The watchdog has insisted Ms Izekor’s absence will not lead to further delays to the publication of its final report of the investigation into Lewis’s death.

IPCC deputy chair­woman Sarah Green said: “IPCC commissioner Jennifer Izekor has stood down from her duties as commissioner for the duration of the investigation. Also, an investigator has been suspended until the investigation is concluded.

“These actions do not indicate concerns about the integrity of the individuals involved but are a necessary step in these circumstances.”

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