Month: March 2014

Christopher Alder

Christopher Alder mortuary blunder: No prosecutions as CPS upholds decision after review

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced in October there was “insufficient evidence” to charge anyone over the scandal, which resulted in the body of an elderly Nigerian woman being buried in the grave of former paratrooper Christopher Alder. However, following an appeal by a lawyer representing Mr Alder’s sister Janet, the CPS agreed to review its decision.

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Umunna demands justice for Cherry Groce

Chuka Umunna has called on the Metropolitan Police Commissioner to give a full, public and meaningful apology for the way in which the Police failed both Cherry Groce and her family at the time of her shooting by the Metropolitan Police in 1985 and in the decades since.

Remembering Michael Bailey 9 years on

This March 24th, 2014 marks 9 years since the tragic death of Michael Bailey in HMP Rye Hill. In 2007 Four prison officers charged over the death of Michael were cleared. Daniel Daymond, 23, and Samantha Prime, 29, both of Rugby, and Paul Smith, 39, from Warrington, were cleared of manslaughter by gross negligence.

Met apologises for shooting mother of six

The Metropolitan police has for the first time publicly apologised for the shooting of Cherry Groce, which sparked the 1985 Brixton riots. The mother of six was crippled by a police bullet during a raid on her home in search of one of her sons on suspicion of armed robbery (he was charged but later acquitted at trial).