Four Met officers face gross misconduct case after death of Henry Hicks

The jury sitting at the inquest into the death of Henry Hicks has today, Tuesday, 28 June, returned a narrative verdict, which stated that Henry was being pursued by police at the time of the collision.

Henry, aged 18, died on 19 December 2014 after the scooter he was riding was in collision with a car.

His death has been subject to an independent investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Police officers were following the scooter Henry was riding after both the rider’s behaviour and the bike caught their attention.

Chief Superintendent Catherine Roper, the Borough Commander for Islington speaking in response to the findings of the jury, said:

“Today our thoughts and sympathy are with Henry’s family, having lost a son. This can only have been a distressing and stressful time for them, and his friends.

“The jury has heard all the evidence presented and today they have returned their verdict.

“The Independent Police Complaints Commission has carried out an investigation into the collision that led to Henry’s death. Given the circumstances that day it is only right and proper and in the best interests of Henry’s family, the community of London and our officers that it was an independent investigation.

“That investigation has made a number of recommendations for the Metropolitan Police, including that four officers have a case to answer for gross misconduct.

“Our pursuit policy, which is based on national guidance, is kept under constant review. In light of today’s narrative delivered by the jury and any recommendations made by the Coroner in her report, and the IPCC, we will once again review that policy.

“The Met is committed to learning and ensuring that we do all we can make sure our officers can do their very difficult jobs as safely as possible for the good of London.

“A number of police officers, including the officers who provided emergency first aid to Henry, have given their witness testimony. This has been a very difficult process for them, and the Met continues to provide them with all the support we can. Our officers set out on a daily basis to do their duty, fight crime and protect the Londoners they serve.

“I know that Henry’s death has prompted serious local community concerns. I will keep working hard with my local community to ensure that we do all we can to address them.”