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Commissioner comments on Worboy’s Supreme Court Ruling

21st February 2018

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC comments following the Supreme Court decision that the Metropolitan Police have lost an appeal against two victims of black cab rapist John Worboys, who have won compensation for the failings of the police. The Supreme Court unanimously dismissed the police’s appeal. 

Dame Vera Baird said “The decision of the Supreme Court will bring some closure for these victims of Worboys and their families.  It is likely though to reopen issues on behalf of other victims who may feel they were not dealt with seriously when alleging these serious allegations. It is right that their voices have been heard.  Every police force in the country has a duty to investigate crime fully and properly, in the Worboys case no stone should have been left unturned”.

Dame Vera added “The decision of the Supreme Court will have a serious effect on policing,  I will be urging fellow Police and Crime Commissioners to speak to their Chief Constable’s to ensure that the victims of crime remain at the heart of policing.  This ruling has added an additional extra rigour on forces to ensure violent crimes are investigated properly – this should be welcomed”.