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IPCC publishes report into circumstances surrounding the death of Joshua Brown

Following the conclusion of the inquest into the death of Joshua Steven Brown, the IPCC has published itsinvestigation report.

Mr Brown, aged 21 and from Nottinghamshire, was hit by a marked Surrey Police car answering an emergency call on the A31 Hog’s Back Road near Guildford in the early hours of 1 December 2012. He was pronounced dead at the scene shortly afterwards

The IPCC conducted an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Mr Brown’s death which was concluded and a report completed in April 2014. A file was provided to the Crown Prosecution Service in 2013 who decided no action would be taken against the officer driving the police car, Police Constable Adam Springett.

The IPCC’s investigation concluded that the evidence regarding PC Springett’s driving, including the speed reached and the particular weather and road conditions, amounted to a case to answer for misconduct.

As a result of the investigation PC Springett was subject to a misconduct meeting in relation to his standard of driving on the night Mr Brown died. The meeting concluded that the case for misconduct against PC Springett was not proven and no disciplinary action was taken against the officer.

The investigation also identified learning for Surrey Police regarding driver training in relation to the night time and reduced visibility.

On 17 April 2015 an inquest jury concluded that Mr Brown’s death occurred as the result of a road traffic collision with a police vehicle.

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