Socialist Worker

Police cars had ‘no regard for safety’, hears inquest into death of Henry Hicks

Issue No. 2509

Protesting to demand justice for Henry Hicks

Protesting to demand justice for Henry Hicks (Pic: Guy Smallman)


The inquest into the death of north London teenager Henry Hicks heard evidence from four police officers on Monday.

Henry died aged just 18 on 19 December 2014 after crashing his moped while being chased by two unmarked police cars.

The inquest began last Monday. It also heard that police recovered seven bags of cannabis and £230 in cash from the crash.

Detective Sergeant Arvinder Marwaha told the court that mobile phones with texts using the phrase “banging lemon” were also recovered from the scene. He said the phrase was a reference to skunk cannabis.

The court also heard from Christopher Moran, the father of Henry’s best friend.

Moran said he then saw two unmarked police cars following Henry at around 60-70 miles per hour.Moran said that he was driving a van on the night of the crash. He said he saw Henry overtake him at about 30 miles per hour.

He said, “My van actually rocked, the speed they were going. When I saw the police coming, in my mind they had no regard for safety.”


If you enjoy Socialist Worker, please consider giving to our annual appeal to make sure we can maintain and develop our online and print versions of Socialist Worker. Go here for details and to donate.

Mobile users! Don't forget to add Socialist Worker to your home screen.