Caroline Flack: Met Police Refers Itself To Watchdog Over Force's Contact With TV Presenter Before Death

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The Metropolitan Police has referred itself to the police watchdog over the contact it had with Caroline Flack before her death, the force said.

The former Love Island presenter was found dead at her east London flat on Saturday having taken her own life, her family said.

The force’s directorate of professional standards reviewed all previous contact with Flack, 40, before making the referral on Wednesday.

It is standard practice for a referral to be made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) when a person who has had recent contact with police dies, the force said.

In a statement, the Met said: “As is standard practice when a member of the public dies or is seriously injured and has had recent contact with police, the Directorate of Professional Standards has reviewed all previous police contact with Flack.

“Following the review, the MPS made a mandatory referral to the IOPC on Wednesday, 19 February to allow for an independent assessment.

“No notice of investigation has been served on any officer and no conduct issues have been identified by the DPS. No officer is on restricted duties or suspended.” 

An IOPC spokesman: said: “The Independent Office for Police Conduct has received a referral from the Metropolitan Police relating to its contact with Caroline Flack prior to her death.

“We will make a decision on the level of our involvement after carefully assessing the information we have received. Receipt of a referral does not mean an investigation will necessarily follow.”


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