Caroline Flack police probe dropped as watchdog rules there is no case to answer
A police investigation into its own conduct over Caroline Flack's death has been dropped despite emergency services visiting the Love Island star just 24 hours before she took her own life.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct said there was "no indication of a causal link – directly or indirectly – between the actions or omissions of the police and Caroline Flack's tragic death".
Caroline had been seen by paramedics the day before she was found hanged inside her north London home on Saturday February 15. She was not taken into hospital on Valentine's Day.
Metropolitan Police officers last had contact with the 40-year-old television presenter on December 13, 2019, when she was taken into custody following an alleged assault on her boyfriend Lewis Burton.
The Met made a mandatory referral to IOPC in the wake of her death – a day after Caroline found out her assault case would be going ahead.
She was due to stand trial today despite Lewis – who she was accused of hitting over the head with a bedside lamp – begging the CPS to drop charges.
"The referral was made following a review by the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) of all previous police contact with Ms Flack. This is standard practice when a member of the public dies or is seriously injured and has had recent contact with police," said a statement from the police force.
"The IOPC, having independently assessed the circumstances, has informed the MPS and Ms Flack's family that an IOPC investigation is not required. The IOPC said it does not consider it reasonable or proportionate based on the evidence provided to suggest officer involvement caused or contributed to Ms Flack’s death."
It added: "The IOPC has referred the matter back to the MPS for the DPS to decide whether any further investigation or review into the circumstances is needed.
"The DPS has concluded that a formal investigation is not required. A comprehensive review of the circumstances surrounding all police contact with Ms Flack following her arrest and detention has already taken place as part of the referral process. No conduct has been identified on the part of any officer. In line with normal processes, if any new information should come to light it will be considered and action taken as appropriate.
"The MPS continues to offer every assistance to the coroner."
An inquest into Caroline's death confirmed she had "apparently been found hanging" after a friendly briefly left her at home.
An autopsy said the provisional cause of death was suspension by ligature.
Poplar Coroner's Court heard last month how Caroline's body was identified by her twin sister Jody Flack, who had been due to visit her that day.
Opening and adjourning the inquest, assistant coroner Sarah Bourke said the hearing will resume on August 5.
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