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Police officers face punishment after IPCC’s report into Ellis Downes investigation

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source: Oxford Mail
published: 5 September 2017

Police were ‘unprofessional’ in the aftermath of teenager Ellis Downes’ tragic death, an investigation has found.

Three police officers at Thames Valley Police will face misconduct ‘meetings’ after the Independent Police Complaints Commission released its report this morning.

Harwell 16-year-old Ellis drowned in the River Thames in Culham on May 7, 2016, after getting into trouble while swimming.

His family and friends then deemed the immediate police response ‘appalling’ and claimed officers lacked compassion during their search.

Last year an inquest heard how Ellis’s friends bravely tried to save him after he vanished in the cold water, where he had joined friends for a dip after enjoying a warm evening on the riverbank.

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