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Police block justice fight

Issue No. 1726

Police block justice fight

THE TELFORD McGowan family are in a new battle for justice, this time with the coroner who is to preside over the inquest into the death of Errol McGowan. Errol (Harold) McGowan was found hanged after suffering intense racism in July 1999. His nephew Jason, who set out to find his uncle's killers, was found hanged months later.

At a hearing on Friday the family asked that Errol's inquest, due to start next June, be moved from Telford. They argued that adverse publicity locally surrounding the case made it difficult for a Telford jury to be objective.

One article in the local Shropshire Star newspaper claimed that council tax in Telford was going up, partly because of "a one-off payment of more than �140,000 for the inquest into the deaths of Errol and Jason McGowan". But the coroner and West Mercia Police united to stamp down on the McGowans' demand. The police said the family's argument was "without foundation". This attitude signals that they are going to fight the family all the way in their continuing battle for justice.

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Sat 9 Dec 2000, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1726
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