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Reports of 'inappropriate' photos taken at scene of Bucks social worker's murder

Two Met Police officers have been arrested in connection with the reported breach of professional conduct.

Published by Dan Gooding at 12:00pm 26th June 2020. 4-minute read.

Reports of 'inappropriate' photos taken at scene of Bucks social worker's murder

Two police officers have been arrested, after reports that inappropriate photos of a murdered Buckinghamshire social worker had been taken at the scene.

Bibaa Henry and her sister Nicole were found in Wembley a few weeks ago - both had been stabbed to death.

The officers have been arrested on suspicion of misconduct in public office and suspended from duty.

Bibaa & Nicole dancing
Bibaa & Nicole dancing just hours before their deaths

On Wednesday, 17 June the Metropolitan Police Service’s Directorate of Professional Standards was informed of allegations that non-official and inappropriate photographs had been taken by police at the crime scene in place in Fryent Gardens, Wembley.

The MPS made a referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct which has launched an independent investigation.

Two MPS officers were arrested on Monday, 22 June by the IOPC on suspicion of misconduct in public office. They have since been bailed to return pending further enquiries.

Both officers – who are based on the North East Command – have been suspended from duty.

The MPS say these are very serious allegations and that they have been, and will continue to, provide every possible support to the IOPC investigation team as they work to establish the facts.

Commander Paul Brogden said:

“I am horrified and disgusted by the nature of these allegations; a sentiment which will be shared by colleagues throughout the organisation. If true, these actions are morally reprehensible and anyone involved will be robustly dealt with. I am limited in terms of being able to comment further about the matter at this time in order not to compromise the IOPC investigation.

“Senior representatives from the MPS and the IOPC visited the parents of Bibaa and Nicole to inform them of these serious allegations and confirm that it is now subject to an independent investigation with full co-operation from the MPS. This deeply disturbing information will no doubt have created additional trauma for a family who are already grieving the devastating loss of two loved ones. I can only start to imagine the impact of this; and I’d like to sincerely apologise to them for this further burden.

“I know that the wider community will share our shock and repulsion at these allegations and whilst our focus remains with Bibaa and Nicole’s family we are also listening to the concerns our communities and key stakeholders will want to raise about these allegations.”

Detectives investigating the murders believe that Bibaa and Nicole were killed in the early hours of Saturday 6 June.

Later that day, they were reported as missing to police when they did not return home. Their bodies were discovered on Sunday 7 June.

As a result of their murder, a mandatory referral was made to the IOPC by officers from the DPS to consider the actions of police between the time a number of reports were made to police by family and friends that Bibaa and Nicole were missing and the time they were found.

The IOPC have taken the decision to independently investigate, and the MPS is providing full support to that investigation.

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