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A413 deaths: Jurors decide "Actions Should Have Been Taken"

Jurors say signs should have been put in place, after three officers failed to warn people of ice on the road.

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 6:18pm 17th November 2017. 3-minute read.

A413 deaths: Jurors decide "Actions Should Have Been Taken"

The inquest into the death of two men on the A413 in 2014 has found actions should have been taken by police earlier that night to warn of the icy conditions.

Malcolm Tindall, a 64-year-old from Aylesbury and Carl Bird, a 29-year-old from High Wycombe were killed after ice on the road caused the cars to collide.

In an inquest that concluded yesterday, jurors say signs should have been put in place by the three officers who had attended an incident at the same spot earlier that night.

The narrative conclusion written by jurors said:

A detailed investigation should have been undertaken based on the verbal information received prior to and at the scene of the first incident to identify the root cause.

Subsequent actions should have then been implemented such as:

- Appropriate signs placed

- Requesting gritters and staying at the scene until gritters arrive

- Road closure

- Requesting appropriate support

A hearing that started in Febraury proved a case of gross misconduct against one of the officers that had been at the scene, PC David Stamp.

The panel also concluded that a case of misconduct was proven against the other two officers present, PC Hugh Flanagan and PC Caroline Irwin.

In a statement, Malcolm Tindall's family said:

"Our life has not been the same since Malcolm’s death.

We think about him and miss him dearly every day. Getting to this point has been a long, stressful and painful experience. 

Although we welcome the conclusions of the jury today and take this opportunity to thank them for their time in considering all the evidence, we still feel a great loss in our lives.

We always felt that the 3 police officers attending Mr. Kendall’s accident should and could have done more. The Jury have vindicated our thoughts today.

We now question why 3 officers have only received as punishment nothing more than a written warning for 12 months.

We hope that lessons can and will be learnt to effect change so that no other family has to go through the same heartache and pain as we have had to endure for almost 4 years."

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