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Police did pursue Henry Hicks

by Nick Clark
Issue No. 2511

Justice for Henry Hicks demonstration last year

Justice for Henry Hicks demonstration last year (Pic: Guy Smallman)

North London teenager Henry Hicks knew he was being chased by police before he died in a crash, a jury decided last week.

Henry died in December 2014 after crashing his moped.

Police officers chased Henry at more than twice the speed limit through residential streets with their lights and sirens on.

Despite this they insisted during the inquest that Henry did not know they were chasing him and so they were not in formal police pursuit.

But the jury unanimously agreed on Tuesday of last week that Henry did know he was being followed.

They also found that the police were in pursuit, and that Henry’s attempt to avoid the police contributed to his death.

The decision was revealed in a “narrative verdict” which records the circumstances of the death but does not apportion guilt.

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