Officers investigated for crash during terror attack response

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Monday, March 2, 2020

Two police officers are under investigation for alleged dangerous driving and misconduct for a car crash that occurred while they were responding to the Streatham terror attack.

The pair were travelling in convoy to the scene in south London on February 2 where Sudesh Amman had stabbed two bystanders while wearing a fake suicide vest.

One of the officers was in an unmarked police car and was involved in a crash with two other vehicles, injuring himself and a member of the public.

His colleague, who was driving a marked armed response vehicle, continued on to the scene of the terror attack.

Today the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said the officers were under investigation on suspicion of dangerous driving as well as alleged gross misconduct, after serving notices to those involved on Friday.

A spokesperson from the watchdog said: “A criminal investigation does not mean that criminal charges will necessarily follow.

“Misconduct notices do not imply guilt but are to inform the officer that their behaviour and conduct are under investigation and the level of severity.

“Such notices are not judgmental in any way.”

But the Metropolitan Police Federation, which represents more than 30,000 officers in the force, said the move was a “complete joke”.

Chairman Ken Marsh said: “The public will be appalled when they hear that brave police officers responding to a terrorist attack can be treated in such a manner.

“What kind of message does this send? These officers and their colleagues put their lives on the line that day to protect the public. Now potentially their careers are on the line. It’s absurd. A complete joke.”

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