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Vera Baird welcomes Dame Elish Angiolini DBE QC to lead review

23rd October 2015

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, has welcomed the announcement of Dame Elish Angiolini DBE QC to chair the independent review into deaths and serious injuries of suspects in police custody.

Dame Elish Angiolini, who has previously led a report on the investigation and prosecution of rape cases, has been chosen by the home secretary to oversee the independent inquiry.

The review aims to examine the procedures and processes concerning deaths in custody including the lead up, aftermath and the conclusion of official investigations.

It aims to focus on family involvement and their support experience at all stages.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, said: “Dame Elish is an excellent choice to head up this much-needed review, which deals with a very complex area of policing.

“The safety and welfare of people in our care and whilst in our custody is of vital importance.

“Families and friends of those that have died, together with the wider public, understandably need to be reassured that issues are being dealt with and lessons are being learned so we can do our best to help prevent such incidents happening in the future.”