IPCC review upholds Mikey Powell’s family complaint

Mikey Powell inquest hears family’s account
Mikey’s sister (left) and mother

by: Mikey Powell Campaign
published: 31 October 2013

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) have upheld an appeal by Claris Powell, the mother of Mikey Powell, that the West Midlands Police Chief Constable’s report to the West Midlands Police Authority (WMPA) on 25 March 2010 entitled “The Organisational Response to the Death of Michael Powell and Linda Burt” was misleading.

The Powell family maintained that the report was misleading about the findings of the 2009 Inquest jury ruling in relation to when and where Mikey died.

In December 2010 the Powell family solicitors made a series of complaints on behalf of Mikey Powell’s mother, Claris Powell. These centered on the report given by the Chief Constable Chris Sims  and Assistant Chief Constable Gordon Scobbie to the WMPA. In June 2011 the IPCC directed the Police Authority to record the complaint and investigate it.

This complaint was eventually investigated by an officer from Gloucestershire Police reporting to the Police Authority, which later became West Midlands Office for Policing and Crime (WMOPC).

In January 2013 the legal advisor to the WMOPC wrote to the family stating that “the committee have accepted the conclusion in the report but were extremely concerned and disappointed that the report to the police authority in March 2010 was factually incorrect. The committee decided that no further action should be taken however further investigation proposed that no further action should be taken in relation to the complaint”

Claris Powell lodged a further appeal  on 20 February 2013.

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