Metropolitan Police Reopens Investigation into Caroline Flack's Case

Metropolitan Police Reopens Investigation into Caroline Flack's Case

The Metropolitan Police has announced its decision to reopen the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the charging of Caroline Flack, the former Love Island presenter who tragically passed away in February 2020. This decision comes amidst claims of potential new witness evidence and concerns raised by Flack's family regarding the handling of her case.

Caroline Flack was initially recommended to receive a caution by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) following an incident involving her boyfriend, Lewis Burton, in December 2019. However, this recommendation was overturned after an appeal from the Metropolitan Police, leading to Flack being charged with assault by beating instead. Flack's untimely death occurred after she learned that prosecutors intended to proceed with the assault charge.

In response to persistent inquiries from Flack's family regarding the events leading up to the decision to charge her, the Metropolitan Police has decided to conduct further enquiries. This decision was prompted by the emergence of potential new witness evidence and concerns raised by Flack's mother, Christine Flack, regarding the lack of a proper record explaining certain events that transpired at the police station on the night of Flack's arrest.

Christine Flack has expressed the family's determination to uncover the truth surrounding her daughter's case, stating, "We won’t stop until we get the truth." She has taken steps to compel the officer involved to provide a statement that should have been given four years ago. The family feels left with significant unanswered questions and seeks clarity on the events leading up to Caroline Flack's tragic passing.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has also been involved in investigating the handling of Flack's case. While the Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) previously found no misconduct, the IOPC ordered the Metropolitan Police to reinvestigate certain aspects of the case. This included complaints related to the process of appealing against the CPS decision and a review of the decision to charge Flack.

Despite not identifying any misconduct, the IOPC requested the Metropolitan Police to apologize to Flack's family for failing to record its reasons for appealing against the original CPS decision. However, Christine Flack rejected this apology, indicating the family's continued dissatisfaction with the handling of the case.

In addition to the ongoing investigations, preparations are underway for Flackstock, a festival held in honor of Caroline Flack. British singer Olly Murs is set to headline the event, which will also feature performances by various other artists including All Saints singer Shaznay Lewis, The X Factor star Rebecca Ferguson, and Scottish music artist Tom Walker, among others. Flackstock aims to raise funds for charities such as Choose Love, Mind, Samaritans, and the Charlie Waller Trust, with proceeds being split equally among them.

The decision to reopen the investigation into the lead-up to the decision to charge Caroline Flack reflects ongoing efforts to ensure transparency and accountability in the handling of her case. As new evidence comes to light and concerns persist, the Metropolitan Police remains committed to conducting thorough enquiries to address any lingering questions or uncertainties surrounding the events that preceded Flack's tragic passing.

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