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Criminal Cases Review Commission apologises to Andrew Malkinson after wrongly jailed for 17 years | UK News

A man wrongly jailed for 17 years for a rape he did not commit has received an apology from the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC).

Andrew Malkinson was jailed in 2003 but eventually released in December 2020.

His charges were quashed last year after new DNA evidence potentially linked another man to the crime.

The CCRC has now offered Mr Malkinson an unreserved apology after the completion of a report from an independent review by Chris Henley KC into the handling of the case.

CCRC chairman Helen Pitcher OBE said: “Mr Henley’s report makes sobering reading, and it is clear from his findings that the commission failed Andrew Malkinson. For this, I am deeply sorry. I have written to Mr Malkinson to offer him my sincere regret and an unreserved apology on behalf of the commission.”

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Radio 1’s Greg James apologises ‘unreservedly’ after backlash over glass eye comment | Ents & Arts News

Radio 1 DJ Greg James has apologised after being called out for negative representations of disability in a video to promote his latest children’s book.

James and co-author Chris Smith, who write the popular Kid Normal series together, appeared in a now-removed promotional video for a new version of Roald Dahl’s famous book The Twits on Friday.

In the clip, the pair can be seen looking over the shoulders of illustrator Emily Jones as she works on their yet-to-be-revealed lead characters.

The trio could be seen discussing ways to make the duo “more revolting” and when Ms Jones suggested a glass eye, James could be seen nodding as Smith replied: “That’s it. What a disgusting pair of Twits!”

The exchange was soon criticised by charities including Scope and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

James responded to the criticism in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, as he wrote: “We are so sorry to have caused offence with the launch video.

“It was absolutely not our intention. And we apologise unreservedly. It’s now gone.

“We understand that words matter and we pride ourselves on championing and welcoming everyone into the magical world of children’s books.

“We would never dream of deliberately setting out to exclude anyone.”

The 38-year-old DJ added that he and Smith had been “attempting to pay homage to one of the Twit’s most famous pranks involving a glass of beer in order to remind people of Dahl’s infamous terrible two”.

“It’s in no way a suggestion that this forms any part of the plot of the new story nor was it our intention to suggest that it was in any way disgusting,” he wrote.

“It’s unfortunate that the word disgusting appears to be a direct comment on that. That’s an error on our part.

“We are devastated that it’s come across like this but completely understand why there is anger.”

James and Smith’s book, The Twits Next Door, is part of a new series of books featuring characters created by the late Dahl.

Although the video has been removed, the chief executive of national disability charity Sense said it still had “concerns”.

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Richard Kramer said: “We remain concerned however that the book, scheduled for release later in the year, will contain a character with a disability to show, in the words of the video, how ‘disgusting’ they are.

“It’s 2024 and to be promoting such a negative representation of disability is wrong. Disability is not a character flaw.”

The Press Association has approached Puffin Books and the Roald Dahl Company for comment.

Speaker apologises after Commons descends into chaos over ceasefire votes | Politics News

Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle has apologised to MPs after the chamber descended into chaos around a motion calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.

Wednesday was designated as an opposition day for the SNP, which chose to debate the Israel-Hamas war – and sought to persuade MPs to back its calls for an immediate halt to the fighting.

But a controversial decision from Sir Lindsay to allow a Labour amendment to be put to the House led to an uproar from Tory MPs – and eventually saw the government pledging to “play no further part” in proceedings, as well as the SNP not even getting to vote on its original proposal.

After Conservative and SNP politicians stormed out of the chamber in protest, Sir Lindsay returned to the Commons to face his critics, apologising for “how it all ended up” and saying he took “responsibility” for his actions.

But SNP leader Stephen Flynn said he would “take significant convincing” that the Speaker’s position was “not now intolerable”.

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Today’s debate was set to be the conclusion of days of drama over whether Labour would change its position on the conflict in the Middle East.

The party initially supported the government’s stance, calling for a pause in the fighting rather than a ceasefire, as it did not believe the latter would be sustainable.

However, after the SNP decided to force the issue to a vote in the Commons, Labour went further – putting forward an amendment calling instead for an “immediate humanitarian ceasefire”, albeit still with its initial caveats that both sides would need to lay down their arms and Israeli hostages would have to be released.

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A fresh row erupted on Wednesday after Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle broke with convention to put Labour’s amendment to a vote – as opposition parties cannot usually amend opposition motions, only the government.

Labour sources told Sky News Sir Lindsay – who was a Labour MP before taking on the role of Speaker – had been pressured by party whips to select it, but a party spokesman denied the claim.

However, Tory MPs accused him of making an “overtly political decision” to select the amendment in order to prevent Sir Keir Starmer facing a rebellion from his backbenchers – who could have supported the SNP’s motion without a Labour option.

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In a surprise move, Leader of the House Penny Mordaunt announced the government would be withdrawing its own amendment to the SNP’s motion – which reiterated the government’s existing position – saying the Conservatives would “play no further part in the decision this House takes on today’s proceedings”.

She said the decision of Sir Lindsay to select the Labour amendment had “undermined the confidence” of MPs in procedures, “raised temperatures in this House on an issue where feelings are already running high” and “put honourable and right honourable members in a more difficult position”.

But due to parliamentary rules, the decision to walk away meant Labour’s amendment passed and MPs could only vote on the altered motion – stopping the SNP’s original proposal even being voted on.

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Instead of the aftermath being about the significance of the UK parliament officially backing an immediate ceasefire in Gaza for the first time, the focus returned to the impact of Sir Lindsay’s earlier decisions – with some Tory and SNP MPs leaving the chamber in protest.

The SNP’s Mr Flynn called for the Speaker to come to the Commons, asking deputy speaker Dame Rosie Winterton: “How do we bring him to this House now to explain to the Scottish National Party why our views and our votes in this House are irrelevant to him?”

And after some delaying tactics by MPs, the Speaker appeared to offer his apologies to MPs on all sides.

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Amid chaos in parliament, SNP and Conservative MPs have walked out of the chamber in protest at the Speaker’s handling of the Gaza ceasefire debate

As some MPs called out “resign”, Sir Lindsay reiterated his earlier justifications for selecting the Labour amendment, saying he had been trying to ensure all options were on the table for MPs to vote on – as well as protecting MPs’ safety.

He added: “I thought I was doing the right thing and the best thing, and I regret it, and I apologise for how it’s ended up.

“I do take responsibility for my actions.”

But while Mr Flynn accepted the intention of the apology, he said the result of the Speaker’s actions saw “an SNP opposition day turn into a Labour Party opposition day”.

“I’m afraid that is treating myself and my colleagues in the Scottish National Party with complete and utter contempt,” he said.

“I will take significant convincing that your position is not now intolerable.”

How do you oust a Speaker?

On a chaotic night, the Speaker of the House of Commons appears to be fighting for his future in the role.

Our deputy political editor Sam Coates says he probably has as little as 24 hours to save his political life.

But how would he end up leaving the role?

According to the Institute for Government, there’s no formal means of removing the House Speaker from office.

However, they can fall victim to a vote of no confidence – making it extremely difficult, and likely untenable, for them to stick around.

One famous example was during the expenses scandal in 2009, when speaker Michael Martin resigned in anticipation of losing such a vote.

There has been speculation today that the government may look to make Sir Lindsay Hoyle subject to one too.

Given his apology to MPs tonight, he clearly recognises the strength of feeling and sheer anger at his handling of the Gaza votes

Were he to resign, it would kick off a vote to select his successor.

Candidates are put forward via written nominations, and if one secures more than 50% of the vote among MPs then a motion is put to the Commons asking to confirm their appointment.

If it doesn’t pass, selection and voting starts again.

If nobody secures 50% in the first place, the candidate with the lowest vote share gets removed from the ballot and the vote is repeated until someone does hit the threshold and a winner emerges.

Speaking to Sky News after the drama had unfolded, Mr Flynn apologised to the public, saying today should have been about Palestinians in Gaza.

“But Westminster does this, doesn’t it?” he added. “It turns into a [debate] all about Westminster and what a circus this is.

“Because thanks to the actions of the Speaker of the House of Commons, the SNP has been stitched up to the point that the Labour Party were the only game in town today.”

He said there would be some “serious recriminations”, adding: “Today was about something much bigger than Westminster, and yet here we are debating Westminster is nonsense.”

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SNP leader says Speaker’s position may be ‘intolerable’.

Labour’s shadow defence secretary, John Healey, defended Sir Lindsay, telling Sky News’ Politics Hub with Sophy Ridge: “The Speaker is there to protect the rights of all MPs and he was trying to do the right thing.

“He was trying to make sure [there was] the widest possible debate because he knows it matters in parliament, it matters in our communities and it matters beyond the shores of Britain.”

However, Mr Healey criticised other MPs, adding: “This was a chance when we could have shown the best of parliament in coming together to demand an end to the fighting in Gaza.

“But instead we’ve revealed the worst of Westminster, with this descending into a row about procedure, with a boycott from the Conservatives, a walkout from the SNP, and frankly, this does nothing to help the Palestinians and it does nothing to advance the cause of peace.”

Hospital apologises after frozen eggs of more than 100 women may have been damaged | UK News

A hospital has apologised to more than 100 women after their eggs and embryos were likely damaged during the freezing process.

Guy’s Hospital in London contacted the 136 women after discovering its NHS-operated clinic may have inadvertently used some bottles of a faulty freezing solution in September and October 2022.

The clinic said it did not know the liquid was defective at the time.

A Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust spokesperson said the manufacturing issue may adversely impact the chance of a frozen egg or embryo surviving during thawing.

“We were made aware of a manufacturing issue with some bottles of a solution that may have been used to freeze eggs and embryos in our Assisted Conception Unit in September and October 2022,” they said.

They added that Guy’s Hospital has now contacted all those affected and apologised for the delay and any distress the error may have caused.

According to the BBC it is believed many of the women affected have subsequently had cancer treatment, which may have left them unable to conceive naturally.

The Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA) said a safety notice about the faulty freezing system had been issued to all registered clinics in February 2023 – however the Guy’s Hospital clinic still used the faulty solution several months later.

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HFEA director of compliance and information Rachel Cutting described the situation as “ongoing” at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Assisted Conception Unit, with an investigation now underway.

“We will take any further action required as a result of this investigation, in line with our standard incidents process,” she said.

“We are aware that this affected product may have been distributed to other UK clinics, although the HFEA is currently unaware of any other licensed clinic where patients have been affected.”

King Charles apologises for postponed engagements after cancer diagnosis | UK News

The King has apologised for having to postpone engagements after his cancer diagnosis.

Buckingham Palace said the diagnosis means his forthcoming public engagements will have to be rearranged or postponed, as the Queen continues to attend to a full programme of public duties.

The King‘s diagnosis, announced on Monday, means it is unlikely he will attend the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey on 11 March.

The service is usually attended by senior members of the Royal Family.

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It was also expected the King and Queen would have several high-profile overseas visits over the coming months.

They were due to travel to Canada in May, and then to Australia, New Zealand and Samoa in October for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

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Buckingham Palace is yet to confirm whether the tours – his first visits to those countries as King – will go ahead.

No date has been suggested for the King’s return to full public duties as he undergoes treatment.

The Palace has not officially confirmed any upcoming state visits.

“Regrettably, a number of The King’s forthcoming public engagements will have to be rearranged or postponed,” a Palace spokesperson said.

“His Majesty would like to apologise to all those who may be disappointed or inconvenienced as a consequence.”

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Other members of the Royal Family, including the Prince of Wales, may take on some extra duties on behalf of the King.

It is understood the King will continue to receive red boxes and have weekly audiences with the prime minister while undergoing treatment.

It is expected that alternative arrangements will be put in place for the weekly audiences should the King be advised by doctors to minimise in-person contact.

Kyle Walker: Manchester City and England star apologises to wife after fathering second child with model | UK News

England and Manchester City star Kyle Walker has apologised to his wife after fathering a second child with another woman.

The 33-year-old defender said he had made “idiot choices” and needed to “own up to my mistakes”.

“What I’ve done is horrible and I take full responsibility,” he told The Sun newspaper.

“The only person to blame is me. I have roles and responsibilities that I’m aware of, and I’ve made stupid choices.

“But I need to own up to my mistakes – I owe it to everyone.”

Walker, an England international, is married to Annie Kilner. The couple have three children, with a fourth on the way.

They first met when Walker was 17, and married in 2022, after a 12-year relationship.

However, in April 2020, the model and influencer Lauryn Goodman announced she had given birth, and later named Walker as the father.

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According to The Sun, Walker vowed he would have no further contact with Goodman, beyond any financial arrangements between them.

However, Walker is reported to have met Goodman in October 2022 having travelled to London for groin surgery.

Walker told the newspaper that Goodman informed him in “late October or early November” last year that she was pregnant with their second child.

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According to the newspaper, Kilner found out about Walker’s second child with Goodman when the model sent her a message on Instagram.

Walker, who won the treble with club-side Manchester City last season, has reportedly moved out of his home with Kilner, and is currently living in a rented flat.

“I can’t begin to think or imagine what Annie is going through. I’ve tried to ask her but there’s pain and hurt,” he told the newspaper.

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In 2020, the Manchester City footballer apologised after it was widely reported he held a party at his Cheshire home in violation of the nation’s lockdown measures.

The club promised that the 30-year-old would be subject to an “internal disciplinary procedure”.

“I reflect on, you know, my decision-making,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live at the time.

“It was bad decisions from me at an important time for the country and the world. I take full responsibility for that but I’m moving on now.”

Walker was also given an out of court disposal – which is not a criminal charge – over an allegation that he indecently exposed himself in a bar during an incident in March last year.

Home Secretary James Cleverly apologises after joking about spiking his wife’s drink | Politics News

James Cleverly has apologised after joking about putting a date rape drug in his wife’s drink in comments made at a Downing Street reception within hours of the Home Office announcing plans to crack down on spiking.

The home secretary told female guests “a little bit of Rohypnol in her drink every night” was “not really illegal if it’s only a little bit”, the Sunday Mirror reported.

Mr Cleverly also laughed that the secret to a long marriage was ensuring your spouse was “someone who is always mildly sedated so she can never realise there are better men out there”.

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The home secretary and his wife Susie have two children.

Conversations at Downing Street receptions are usually understood to be “off the record” but the Sunday Mirror decided to break the convention because of Mr Cleverly’s position and the subject matter.

A spokesperson for Mr Cleverly said: “In what was always understood as a private conversation, James, the Home Secretary, tackling spiking, made what was clearly meant to be an ironic joke – for which he apologises.”

The home secretary has previously described tackling violence against women and girls as a “personal priority” and called spiking – when someone puts drugs into another person’s drink or directly into their body without their knowledge or consent – a “perverse” crime.

Senior Labour figures criticised Mr Cleverly’s “appalling” comments, with Alex Davies-Jones, shadow minister for domestic violence and safeguarding, saying: “‘It was a joke’ is the most tired excuse in the book and no one is buying it.

“If the home secretary is serious about tackling spiking, and violence against women and girls, then that requires a full cultural change. The ‘banter’ needs to stop and it has to start at the top.”

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‘Truly unbelievable’

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said: “Spiking is a disturbing and serious crime which is having a devastating impact on young women’s lives. It is truly unbelievable that the home secretary made such appalling jokes on the very same day the government announced new policy on spiking.

“It suggests that despite being the cabinet minister ultimately responsible for tackling violence against women and girls he doesn’t get how serious this is. Victims will understandably be questioning if they can trust him to take this vile crime seriously.”

Police receive 561 spiking reports a month

Ministers pledged to modernise the language used in legislation to make clear spiking is a crime and announced a series of other measures as part of a crackdown, but stopped short of making spiking a specific offence.

There were 6,732 reports of spiking in England and Wales – including 957 reported incidents of needle spiking – between May 2022 and April 2023.

On average police receive 561 reports of spiking a month, with the majority being made by women typically after incidents in or near bars and nightclubs, according to a Home Office report.

Big Brother’s Trish Balusa apologises for ‘concerning’ historical tweets | Ents & Arts News

Big Brother UK contestant Trish Balusa has apologised and said there’s “no excuses” for historical tweets in which she wrote derogatory comments about the LGBT community and Asian people.

Balusa, 33, had become a fan favourite in ITV’s Big Brother reboot but was evicted in a double elimination on Friday night despite a fan-led campaign calling for viewers to vote strategically so she could win.

The posts on X, formerly known as Twitter, only came to light once Balusa had left the Big Brother house.

It looks as though the account they were shared on has since been deleted. Sky News has chosen not to include Balusa’s posts.

Posting to a new account in her name on Sunday, Balusa admitted her historical tweets were “very concerning” and said: “I would like to sincerely apologise for the harmful stereotypes I perpetuated and the pain I have caused to the marginalised communities and groups of people mentioned.

“There are no excuses for the ignorance that I showed and I am deeply disappointed, embarrassed and ashamed that I once made such comments.

“I have come a very long way since by educating myself and being educated by others on the impact and harm these views cause.”

Balusa also thanked fans for showing support while she was on the programme, acknowledging viewers’ current “disappointment”.

“I am truly sorry,” she wrote. “I hope it is possible for you to offer me grace and believe that people can change.”

Questions are now being asked about ITV’s welfare protocols which state that Big Brother contestants’ social media accounts would be reviewed before they entered the house.

A Big Brother spokesperson told Sky News: “This weekend, we have been made aware of concerning historical tweets.

“We are currently looking into why they were not identified by the independent supplier we engage to review the digital footprint of potential Housemates as part of our pre-checks.”

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Sky News understands that Balusa will no longer be appearing on the spin-off show Late & Live on Sunday night.

Behind-the-scenes, she is being offered support in line with Big Brother’s welfare protocols.

Laurence Fox apologises to Ava Evans over comments on GB News | UK News

Laurence Fox has apologised to journalist Ava Evans over his comments on GB News.

In a 15-minute mea culpa, the actor-turned-political-activist said his comments were “demeaning” and “not representative of who I am”.

However, Fox said he maintained “the sentiment” of his comments, saying he was angry about what he said was Ms Evans demeaning male suicide.

During those comments about Ms Evans – a journalist for the website PoliticsJOE – he asked host Dan Wootton: “Who would want to shag that?”

In the video, posted on his account on X, formerly known as Twitter, he said: “I could have and should have expressed it better.

“It’s not right, it’s demeaning to Ava, so I’m sorry for demeaning you in that way, however angry I am with you still for doing that, and it demeans me because it’s not representative of who I am.

“I’m not saying any of this stuff because I know I’m going to get sacked tomorrow. I’m saying it to clear my own conscience.”

He added: “I express my apology to Ava for the language used, but I maintain the sentiment.”

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It comes after media regulator Ofcom launched a formal investigation into GB News after it received thousands of complaints about Fox’s comments on Wootton’s show on Tuesday.

Fox was suspended by GB News following the remarks about Ms Evans, which have been described as “unacceptable, unjustifiable and indefensible”.

Wootton’s contract as a columnist for MailOnline was also terminated on Thursday, according to a spokesperson for the news website’s parent company, DMG Media.

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As Fox’s comments drew widespread condemnation, Wootton offered an apology to Ms Evans in a public post on X, in which he described the reporter as “brilliant”.

He apologised “unreservedly” for what was said during the show and conceded he should have done this immediately on air.

Wootton, who could be seen laughing as Fox made his remarks, reiterated his “regret” over the incident in another social media post on Wednesday morning “having looked at the footage” of what he described as a “bizarre exchange”.

“I should have intervened immediately,” he said, adding: “I know I should have done better. I’m devastated…”

In his video, Fox accused Wootton of throwing him “under the bus” with the comments.

Fox also said he was “99.999% sure” that both he and Wootton were going to be “sacked” by GB News on Friday, adding: “Or certainly they are going to sack me.”

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The row started after Fox said on GB News: “Show me a single self-respecting man that would like to climb into bed with that woman, ever, ever, who wasn’t an incel?”

“That little woman has been fed… spoon-fed oppression day after day after day… starting with the lie of the gender wage gap, and she’s sat there and I’m going, if I met you in a bar and that was like sentence three, chances of me just walking away are just huge,” Fox added.

“We need powerful, strong, amazing women who make great points for themselves, we don’t need these sort of feminist 4.0… they’re pathetic and embarrassing. Who would want to shag that?”

The comments were aired live on GB News following Ms Evans’s appearance on the BBC’s Politics Live show, where she discussed topics including mental health.

Fox was asked about Ms Evans’ critical comments about suggestions there should be a minister for men to address mental health.

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‘I object to what Laurence Fox said, but he should be allowed to say it’

After the incident, Ms Evans said she was “really hurt” by Fox’s comments, which were about her “body rather than her work”.

She later said her remarks on the BBC were “a little rash” and said she was “actually very interested in a brief for a minister on young men’s mental health”.

Ofcom announced on Thursday that it was launching an investigation into Fox’s comments.

The regulator said in a statement: “We have launched an investigation into GB News under our rules on offence, after receiving around 7,300 complaints about Tuesday’s episode of Tonight with Dan Wootton.”

Dame Melanie Dawes, Ofcom’s chief executive, said the regulator’s rules were “designed to protect audiences from offensive and harmful material, and to uphold the integrity of broadcast news and current affairs programming, while always ensuring that freedom of expression is front and centre in every decision we take”.

“This is highly valued by audiences and central to our democracy,” she added.

“The decisions we take, always based on facts and evidence once a programme has aired, are vital if we are to protect our vibrant media landscape. We continue to apply and enforce these rules without fear or favour.”

Caroline Flack: Met Police apologises to family of former Love Island presenter over lack of records on charging decision | Ents & Arts News

Caroline Flack’s family members have received an apology from the Met Police over the force’s failure to keep a record about a decision to charge her with assault rather than giving her a caution.

The former Love Island presenter was facing prosecution for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend when she took her own life in February 2020.

Her mother, Christine Flack, has said she believes her daughter was treated differently by the police because she was famous.

Following the incident involving Flack and her boyfriend Lewis Burton in December 2019, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) recommended that the star should receive a caution. However, the Met Police appealed this, and she was instead charged with assault by beating.

At the inquest into her death, a coroner ruled that the 40-year-old star took her own life after learning prosecutors were pressing ahead with the charge.

A spokesperson for the Met Police said the force was ordered to apologise to Flack’s family following a review by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), which found there was not a “record of rationale” to appeal against the CPS decision.

“We have done so and acknowledged the impact that this has had on them,” the Met spokesperson said. “Our thoughts and sympathies remain with Ms Flack’s family for their loss.”

After an initial investigation by the force’s Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) found there was no misconduct, Flack’s family escalated their concerns to the IOPC – and the Met was ordered to reinvestigate complaints relating to the process involved in appealing against the CPS decision.

This investigation concluded in May 2022, with the DPS finding again that the service provided was acceptable – although the force did identify “some learning around using IT systems to record appeal decisions and the use of decision models for cautions, which are being implemented”.

In June 2022, the IOPC received another application to review the force’s reinvestigation.

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An IOPC spokesperson said that following “a thorough assessment of this case” the review had been partially upheld. While it did not identify any misconduct, it concluded that one officer should receive “reflective practice”.

“We determined there were individual and organisational failings by the MPS (Metropolitan Police Service), therefore the service provided did not reach the standard a reasonable person could expect in relation to some aspects of the reinvestigation,” the spokesperson said.

“This is because the officer involved did not record their rationale for appealing the original CPS decision to take no further action and the force, at that time, had no system in place to record rationales in these circumstances.

“We have concluded the officer involved should be subject to the reflective practice review process. We have also asked the MPS to apologise to the complainant in relation to the rationale recording, and the absence of a system to record such rationales.”

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