The Metropolitan Police has confirmed that the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) will not be investigating the polices contact with Caroline before she died.
On Wednesday 19th Feb, the Met Police referred itself to the IOPC after an investigation was carried out by the force’s Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS).
This included conducting a review of all previous police contact with Ms Flack.
This referral process is a standard procedure when someone dies having recently come into contact with the police.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the IOPC said:
“Having considered a mandatory referral from the Metropolitan Police (MPS), we decided the matter did not require investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct because there was no indication of a causal link – directly or indirectly – between the actions or omissions of the police and Caroline Flack’s tragic death.
“The referral outlined police contact prior to her death.
“MPS officers last had contact with Ms Flack on 13th Dec 2019, when she was in custody, nearly two months before her death.
“While in custody on 13th Dec, officers arranged for her to see a health care professional and relevant policy and procedure was followed to give her further guidance.
“On this basis, we have returned this referral to the MPS’ Department for Professional Standards for them to deal with the matter in whatever manner they decide”.
A spokesperson for the Met Police said: “The DPS has concluded that a formal investigation is not required”.
The spokesperson added:
“A comprehensive review of the circumstances surrounding all police contact with Ms Flack following her arrest and detention has already taken place as part of the referral process.
“There is no indication of any misconduct on the part of any officer.
“In line with normal processes, if any new information should come to light, it will be considered and action taken as appropriate”.
A preliminary hearing at Poplar Coroners Court heard how Ms Flack had hanged herself at her east London home.
Coroner’s officer Sandra Polson said police had been driving through Northwold Road in Stoke Newington, north-east London, when they were flagged down on Saturday 15th Feb.
Officers followed “informants” into Flack’s home and found her “lying on her back… she had apparently been found hanging”, the coroner’s court was told.
Police attempted to resuscitate Ms Flack, which was continued by paramedics, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Her body was identified by her sister, Jody Flack.
The inquest heard that the provisional cause of death was given as suspension by ligature.
The hearing, which lasted four minutes, was adjourned until 5th Aug 2020.
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