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Met Police face fresh investigation in handling of the murders of four young men

THE Metropolitan Police is facing a reinvestigation over its handling of the murders of four young men by serial killer Stephen Port, the policing watchdog revealed today.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said there was evidence that its original investigation into the conduct of officers was “materially flawed,” with “new information” coming out at the inquests into the deaths of Anthony Walgate, Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth and Jack Taylor, held last year.

The inquests concluded that police failings “probably” contributed to the deaths of the three last victims, all of whom were unlawfully killed.

None of the 17 officers involved in the original IOPC investigation — carried out before the inquests — faced disciplinary action, although 16 of them gave “no comment” interviews.

Solicitor Neil Hudgell, speaking on behalf of the victims’ families, said the original IOPC report “was hindered by a wall of silence,” given that nearly all officers questioned gave “no comment” interviews.

He said: “Port was jailed for life, but the police have blood on their hands too.

“It is time for them to be held accountable.”

The Met said it would offer “every support” to the fresh investigation.

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