IRR News 10-16 August 2012

IRR News 10-16 August 2012

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Dear IRR News subscriber,

This week in news from across the UK, in a highly unusual move, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has commissioned an external review of its investigation into the death of Sean Rigg after its findings were at odds with the recent verdict of a jury at the inquest into his death. The jury rejected the evidence of police officers to record a damning verdict, however, the IPCC report found no evidence of neglect or wrongdoing.

A report by the Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals Trust into the death of Philmore Mills at Wexham Park Hospital in Slough has found that hospital staff did not know that they could alert an on-call doctor to deal with a patient being restrained by police.

The Crown Office in Scotland has announced that it is ‘not in the public interest’ to hold an inquiry into the deaths of three Russian asylum seekers who allegedly jumped from a Glasgow tower block. And in other news from Scotland, Strathclyde police staged a reconstruction into the 1998 murder of Surjit Chhokar as part of a new investigation.

Harmit Athwal

Editor, IRR News

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