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Officers face misconduct investigation over contact with Nottingham triple killer

Officers face misconduct investigation over contact with Nottingham triple killer

Image subtitle, Ian Coates, Barnaby Webber and Grace O’Malley-Kumar died at the scene of the attacks

  • Author, Olympia Zagnat
  • Paper, BBC News, Nottingham

Three Leicestershire police officers are under investigation for possible misconduct over their contact with triple killer Valdo Calocane.

Barnaby Webber and Grace O’Malley-Kumar, both 19, and Ian Coates, 65, were fatally stabbed in Nottingham on June 13, 2023.

Police referred the matter to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) after it emerged officers were investigating a report Calocane had assaulted two colleagues on May 5 at a warehouse in Kegworth, Leicestershire.

Two police officers and a sergeant from the force have been told they are under investigation, the IOPC said.

Image subtitle, Two police forces are under investigation for their contact with Calocale

Police previously said no one was seriously injured, and Calocane was reportedly escorted away from the scene by security before police arrived.

The police watchdog said on Tuesday that the investigation into Leicestershire Police’s contact with the killer before the deaths was at an “advanced stage”.

Meanwhile, a separate investigation is examining what information was available to police about Calocane.

The IOPC says it is also looking into Nottinghamshire Police’s decisions and actions relating to the triple murder between September 2021 and June 2023, as well as “subsequent events”.

Image subtitle, An investigation into the way Nottinghamshire Police communicated with the families is also underway.

This, the police watchdog said, would include the way police informed families about the death of their loved ones and the support they offered them, including how information from the ongoing investigation was communicated to them.

Senior officials are also being investigated to see whether relevant policies were followed, including issues related to communication with families and the public about the handling of inappropriate WhatsApp messages and possible sharing of information about the case.

All Nottinghamshire police officers are being treated as witnesses, the IOPC added.

Image source, Nottinghamshire Police

Image subtitle, Valdo Calocane’s sentence was heard as he was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia at the time of the murders

During his sentencing, a judge told Calocane he would be held in a high-security hospital “most likely for the rest of his life.”

Families of victims of the attacks have expressed their anger after the killer was ordered to go to hospital.

At the time, Emma Webber, Mr Webber’s mother, said “real justice has not been served”, adding that the families had been “let down” by the police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

A review of the sentence, initiated by the attorney general earlier this year, concluded that the sentence was not unduly lenient.

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