Metropolitan Police To Reinvestigate Caroline Flack Case After Complaint
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Former Love Island host Caroline took her own life in February 2020, after she learned prosecutors were intending to press ahead with an assault charge following a domestic incident involving her then-boyfriend, Lewis Burton.
Christine Flack said her daughter was treated differently by law enforcers due to her level of fame.
Now, a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police has told the BBC that the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has urged the force to reinvestigate due to Christine’s complaint.
The MPS spokesperson said: "Following a review, the IOPC agreed with the MPS that service was acceptable in relation to seven areas of the complaints relating to the response and handling of the incident by the MPS.
"The IOPC has directed the MPS to reinvestigate one element of the complaints. This relates to the process involved in appealing the CPS decision to caution Ms Flack.
"We will re-examine this element of the investigative process. Our thoughts and sympathies remain with Caroline's family."
Christine had initially complained in March 2020, enquiring about the Met Police’s duty of care towards her daughter after she was arrested and charged.
Christine, who spoke at length about her daughter’s suicide in Channel 4 documentary, Caroline Flack: Her Life And Death, believes the police’s decision to charge Caroline was a major contributing factor to her death.
Speaking to BBC News, Christine explained: “She couldn't see a way out. I just want the truth out there. And it won't bring her back. I know it won't bring it back. But I've got to do it for her.”
Christine added she has since “lost trust” in the police service following Caroline’s death.
Tuesday, 15th February 2022 will mark the two year anniversary since Caroline’s suicide.
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