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Reinvestigation into the death of Kester David completed

Detectives have completed their reinvestigation into the death of Kester David, whose badly burnt body was found under a railway bridge in 2010.

They have concluded there is no evidence or information that a third party was involved in his death. Mr David’s family have been informed.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe met Mr David’s family on Thursday, 7 January to apologise for distress they suffered during the initial investigation period immediately following his death as well as shortcomings in that initial investigation.

Mr David was found beneath the bridge in Broomfield Lane, Palmers Green N13 at 11:00hrs on Wednesday, 7 July 2010.

It is thought he died in the early hours of that day. A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as burns and inhalation of fumes.

Mr David’s death was initially investigated by officers at Enfield Borough who concluded his death was non-suspicious.

An inquest took place at Barnet Coroner’s Court on 31 January 2011 and recorded an open verdict.

Following concerns from Mr David’s family, two internal reviews into the investigation were carried out by senior officers from Enfield borough, independent of the original investigation, in September 2011 and January 2012.

Ongoing concerns from Mr David’s family prompted the decision to reopen the case.

In April 2012, the Metropolitan Police (Met) announced it would launch a fresh investigation into Mr David’s death on the basis that it remained unexplained.

Operation Harworth was set up by officers from the Homicide and Major Crime Command to establish the facts surrounding Mr David’s death.

After a month the investigation was independently reviewed by another police force which made a number of recommendations.

All these recommendations were accepted and incorporated into the investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh, the senior investigating officer, said: “We have pain stakingly identified and followed through every line of enquiry we can. We have remained in close contact with Mr David’s family and solicitors throughout, listening to their concerns and directly following up matters they felt remained unexplained or may have had a bearing on Mr David’s death.

“Not all questions have been answered but I believe we have taken all available lines of enquiry as far as is possible. We have taken 334 statements, generated and considered 1,536 documents and raised 1,177 actions for my investigation team to deal with.

“I have found no credible intelligence or evidence that would support the hypothesis that Kester was murdered.

“Kester was a hard-working, well-respected individual in his local community and we recognise how enormously difficult this time has been for his family. I hope they can find some closure from the conclusion of this reinvestigation.”

No arrests have ever been made in connection with Mr David’s death.

During the course of the reinvestigation a number of appeals were made, to local and national media and on BBC Crimewatch.

The night before Mr David was found, just after 21:00hrs, he was spotted on CCTV entering Texaco Service Station, Lordship Lane, where he purchased petrol in a jerry can.

Twenty minutes later he returned in his white Ford Transit van and put fuel in it, but the van broke down.

The RAC breakdown service attended and fixed the van.

About four hours later, at 03:23hrs on Wednesday, 7 July, a black man was seen on CCTV entering the forecourt of the same Texaco and buying petrol in a jerry can.

At 03.55hrs a man wearing the same clothing as the man at 03:23hrs and carrying a jerry can was seen walking north along Green Lanes, toward Bloomfield Lane.

Experts have studied the footage and said there is a “moderate to strong” possibility this was Mr David on each occasion.

At about 02:30hrs on Wednesday, 7 July 2010, two men were seen in an alleyway near Maple Leaf Court, on the other side of the railway line to where Mr David was found.

One of the men appeared to be squeezing through a fence (not the railway fence) into the alleyway that runs at the side of Maple Leaf Court.

Both men then walked to the right behind a red brick building.

In order to reach where Mr David was found, they would have then had to mount anti-climb fencing next to the railway line, cross the line and tackle another anti-climb fence.

These men have not been traced but significant enquiries have been carried out and officers are as confident as they can be they are not linked to Mr David’s death.

Two men were seen walking across Morrisons’ car park, close to the scene, at 03:45hrs that day. They walked towards the far corner where there were charity recycling bins.

There was also an anti-climb fence separating Morrisons’ car park from Travis Perkins’ yard next door with large spikes on top.

Even if the men had managed to climb the fence, they could only have accessed Travis Perkins’ yard as the railway arch where Mr David was found was further separated by a padlocked gate encased by more anti-climb fencing. Motion-activated CCTV did not activate.

The only way to access the railway arch would have been to climb down from the bridge above, a drop of more than three-and-a-half metres.

It would have been extremely difficult for someone to have forced Mr David to climb down against his will and officers have found no evidence anyone did so nor any reason why they would wish to.

It would have been even more difficult for anyone to climb back up onto the bridge afterwards.

These two men may be the same men seen at 02:30hrs.

They have not been traced but significant enquiries have been carried out and officers are as confident as they can be they are not linked to Mr David’s death.

Officers were keen to trace Mr David’s missing Blackberry Curve 8520 mobile phone.

It was used, i.e. at least switched on, on 14 and 15 July 2010 in the general vicinity of Wood Green shopping centre and on 22 July around the area of Whittington Hospital.

It would have been locked so no calls could be made. It has not been used since. The phone remains outstanding despite extensive enquiries.

Two days before Mr David’s death, a relative called his BlackBerry. A man who wasn’t Mr David answered the phone.

This person has not been identified despite extensive enquiries.

Officers were anxious to trace the author of an email sent to police.

Two weeks after Mr David’s death, Enfield Safer Neighbourhoods team received an email from a ‘Sharon Clarke’, who appeared to have known Mr David well.

Sharon claimed to know who was responsible for his death.

Despite extensive enquiries she has not been traced.

The media appeals issued during the course of the reinvestigation generated just four calls – none of the information provided has taken the inquiry forward.

Mr David was born in Grenada and turned 53 the day before his death. He lived in Russell Avenue, Wood Green, N22 and was a part-time bus driver with Arriva working from the Wood Green depot. He was of previous good character with no links to criminality.

During the course of the reinvestigation there was speculation Mr David was a police informant – in accordance with National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) guidelines this can be neither confirmed nor denied publicly but all concerns that the family have raised have been thoroughly investigated and they have been kept fully informed.

The evidence gathered during the course of the reinvestigation was presented to the Met Commander for the Homicide and Major Crime Command and Independent Advisory Group members before the decision was taken that the inquiry was complete and there were no further matters to follow up.

The senior coroner for north London has considered the reinvestigation report and has stated that the open verdict recorded at the original inquest should stand.

Anyone with new information about Mr David’s death can still call the incident room on 020 8785 8099 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The two internal reviews identified errors in the initial investigation but none that would have altered the outcome of the inquiry. The reviews also found no evidence of racism.

Following these reviews, Mr David’s family made a formal complaint in April 2011.

The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards investigated the matters raised in the complaint.

Misconduct notices were served against three officers involved in the original investigation – a Detective Inspector (DI), a Detective Sergeant (DS) and a Detective Constable (DC) – and some aspects of the complaint were upheld.

The findings were appealed by Mr David’s family and the matter considered by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

The subsequent IPCC report upheld some further elements of the complaint, specifically around aspects of the original investigation by the DI and DS. Management action was recommended but both officers had retired.

There was no case to answer about complaints against the DC, who remains within the Met.

The IPCC report made further recommendations that the Met should apologise to Mr David’s family for any distress they suffered during the initial investigation period and that the Met make it standard practice to inform a complainant if the officer subject of a complaint retires.

Of note is that changes to police regulations mean an officer facing potential gross misconduct proceedings is now prohibited from retiring or resigning.

The IPCC did not find the original investigation flawed due to Mr David’s ethnicity or family.

As a result of the Met’s initial handling of Mr David’s death and similar cases, the Met has changed the way it works.

In any similar set of circumstances, cases where someone has died as a result of a fire are now investigated by the Homicide and Major Crime Command from the outset.

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Fancy being locked in a haunted police cell?

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Forget Halloween Fancy a spooky night of fun, locked in a haunted cell for 24 hours to raise money for charity. Then we have an event that is right up your street.

Following on from the success of the PC Edward Walker Tour, Jules Berry a DDO with the Met Police is back with her spooky haunted cell idea to raise money for COPS UK and WMP History Museum, That is exactly what you can do this Feb.

Met Police Detention Officer Jules Berry is arranging the whole event in partnership with the WMP History Museum and is hoping to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

The event will take place on the 8th and 9th of February 2019, but be quick as places are limited.

Unfortunately, Police Hour will no longer be live streaming this event to our 2.5 Million Followers, But we hope our readers can still attend and support this event.

Need we say any more, Simply watch this video then sign up

Hats off to Kerry Blakeman for his fantastic advertorial.

The event is being held to support the restoration of the West Midlands Police Museum and COPS UK.

About COPS

COPS is the UK charity dedicated to helping the families of police officers who have lost their lives in relation to their duty, to rebuild their lives.

Since being founded in 2003, they have helped hundreds of families shattered by the loss of their police officer.

They aim to ensure that surviving family members have all the help they need

to cope with such a tragedy and they remain part of the police family.

What COPS do?

COPS is a peer support charity, enabling Survivors from around the UK to support other Survivors in practical ways. They arrange local and national events that enable Survivors to build friendships and bonds that support them through the good times and bad.

Families are rightly proud of their officer and COPS to help ensure that they remain part of the police family.

What about the WMP History?

The West Midlands Police Museum at Coventry was opened in 1959 and celebrates the history of Coventry City Police which existed between 1839 & 1969, before becoming part of Warwickshire and Coventry Constabulary and in 1974, West Midlands Police.

The site at Sparkhill has been operating since 1995 when it moved there from the force’s training facility at Tally Ho! where it been operating as a CID training facility since the mid 1970s. Several of the exhibits had originated from the old Forensic Science Service laboratory when it moved from Newton Street to Gooch Street.

The Sparkhill museum contains items of policing memorabilia and old records from the West Midlands Police predecessor forces of Birmingham City Police, Walsall Borough Police, Dudley Borough Police, Wolverhampton Borough Police and West Midlands Constabulary. Some records are also held of Staffordshire County Police and Worcestershire officers as parts of those forces now fall within the West Midlands Police area.

You can also drop an email [email protected] to sign up, you must raise a minimum of £250 sponsorship.

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What on earth is happening in Salisbury? Two people fall seriously ill

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Emergency Services have launched a major incident after two people have fallen ill in Salisbury.

Officers have placed a cordon around Prezzo Restaurant after a man and woman were taken ill.

Police have declared a major incident. Police do not believe this is linked to Novichok.

Police received a call from the ambulance service to Prezzo restaurant, in High Street, at approximately 6.45pm. Two people, a man aged in his 40s and a woman aged in her 30s, had become unwell.

Due to recent events in the city and concerns that the pair had been exposed to an unknown substance, a highly precautionary approach was taken by all emergency services.

Both were taken to Salisbury District Hospital and were clinically assessed. We can now confirm that there is nothing to suggest that Novichok is the substance. Both people remain in hospital under observation.

The major incident status has now been stood down.

At this stage it is not yet clear if a crime has been committed and enquiries remain ongoing.

Salisbury District Hospital remains open as usual.

A cordon will remain in place around Prezzo at this time as part of ongoing routine enquiries. All other areas that were cordoned off will now be reopened.

We’d like to thank the public for their patience as a result of the impact of this incident.

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Homeless man covered in red spray paint found dead in cemetery days later

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Police say they are not linking the incidents together despite a vile video being uploaded to Facebook just days before.

Sick thugs covered the homeless man in red paint as he sat outside a supermarket, the attack was uploaded to facebook along with the the words : ‘This is how we deal with the beggars on the street. He is not even a beggar we spray them to death”.

Days later he was found dead, Police say these circumstances are non-suspicious.

The shocking video was shared on Facebook of Micheal Cash outside of Tesco Express in Normanby.

Despite Cash being found dead days later police refuse to link the death to this incident after his body was found in Eston Cemetery in Middlesbrough on Wednesday afternoon.

Crime Scene Investigators could be seen in the bushes within the cemetery and quickly put a cordon in place.

It has been speculated that Cash killed himself following the incident, but until circumstances are known we will not be able to speculate.

Police have confirmed the death is not suspicious there it is our assumption the circumstances around the death are no longer being investigated.

Police have not formally identified the body but a member of Mr Cash’s family confirmed they were visited by detectives on Wednesday.

Police have asked people not to speculate on social media regarding the incident.

Cleveland Police have released a statement saying “The death of a man whose body was found in Eston Cemetery on Wednesday 12th September is not being treated as suspicious.

“The man who is believed to be aged in his 30s has not yet been formally identified.

“A post-mortem examination has been held and although the death is not being treated as suspicious police believe this man was the victim of a previous incident of assault which resulted in the man being sprayed with red paint.

“The incident occurred near to Tesco Express on the High Street in Normanby and was reported to police on Sunday 9th September.”

Detective Inspector Matt Hollingsworth said: “Police are aware of the speculation on social media regarding the cause of the man’s death but we are not linking the assault with his death.

“Officers are carrying out enquiries in relation to the assault outside of Tesco and would appeal for anyone with information or anyone who witnessed it to contact Cleveland Police on the non-emergency number 101 quoting 166668, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.”

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