Chair of independent review into police custody deaths named

Houses of Parliament - Image Credit Free Range Stock - GeoffreyWhitewaysource: The Voice Online
published: 21 October 2015

A woman who rose to become one of Scotland’s leading legal minds will chair a major review into deaths in police custody. Dame Elish Angiolini DBE QC, who served as the chief legal officer of the Scottish Government between 2006 and 2011, has been appointed by the home secretary to oversee the independent inquiry.

Theresa May praised Dame Elish for having “the ability to work closely with victims, families and the police alike, and with a proven track record of being willing to ask difficult questions.”

Deborah Coles, co-director of respected legal charity INQUEST which supports families of those who have lost loved ones in suspicious circumstances, will act as special advisor offering expert advice throughout the course of the investigation.

May announced plans to look further at the issue on July 23. In a speech, she said it was vital that the public had confidence in its police service.

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