Response from Paul Tomlin, Duncan’s father
Today, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) announced it has concluded its investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Duncan Tomlin, and has referred the case to the CPS to decide whether criminal charges should be brought against any individual. The IPCC has stated that the evidence relates to the actions of five police officers.
Paul Tomlin, Duncan’s father, said:
“My family and I welcome the decision by the IPCC to refer the case to the CPS. We trust that the CPS will make a decision as soon as reasonably possible, ensuring it has the resources to do so.
We consider that it is vital for ensuring continuing public trust in the police that these officers are not allowed to remain on any form of active duty whilst the CPS consider if charges should be brought. We call on the Chief Constable of Sussex Police to now suspend all five officers concerned.
We are aware that there are number of cases where officers have been allowed to continue to serve despite a referral by the IPCC to the CPS to consider criminal charges. We believe this sends the wrong message about how seriously the police take these matters, and we hope in Duncan’s case that the Chief Constable will recognise the need to ensure the public’s confidence by suspending the officers.”
Helen Stone, solicitor for Paul and the Tomlin family said:
“Duncan’s family were understandably dismayed in 2014 when they learnt that the officers involved were all still on active duty, despite the IPCC investigation into potential criminal conduct and gross misconduct.
Now that the officers may face criminal charges, we call once again on the Chief Constable of Sussex Police for their immediate suspension.”
Paul and the Tomlin family are represented by Helen Stone, solicitor, of Hickman and Rose, and Jude Bunting, counsel, of Doughty Street Chambers.
For more information please contact Helen Stone: 0207 702 5340; firstname.lastname@example.org