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IPCC announces service of gross misconduct notices on five Sussex Police oficers in connnection with the investigation into the death of Duncan Tomlin
21 October 2014
Today, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) announced that five police officers have been served with gross misconduct notices as part of its investigation into events prior to Duncan Tomlin’s death. The IPCC’s press release can be found here: http://www.ipcc.gov.uk/news/update-investigation-events-prior-death-man-haywards-heath
Paul Tomlin, the father of Duncan Tomlin, responded as follows:
“The family are devastated by Duncan’s death. We need to know how this came about. We expect the IPCC to carry out a thorough, robust and well-resourced investigation in a timely manner in order to establish this. To this end we welcome the fact that gross misconduct notices have been served on five officers involved in the case as we hope this reflects the gravity with which the IPCC are treating this investigation.”
Neither the family, INQUEST, or the solicitor will be making any further comment at this time as the investigation is ongoing.
INQUEST has been working with the family of Duncan Tomlin since August 2014. The family is represented by INQUEST Lawyers Group member Helen Stone of Hickman and Rose.
‘I was already working with INQUEST, which is the organisation who monitor deaths in custody, and at one AGM I told the audience that what happened to these people [killed in police custody like Chistopher Alder, Roger Sylvester and many others] could happen to any of us. And then a couple of years later, I was standing in front of them again but now it had happened to my cousin. So my family and me were now “users” of Inquest. It shows you that none of us are immune – here am I, Benjamin Zephaniah, patron of INQUEST and client of INQUEST at the same time.’
– Benjamin Zephaniah