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Officers could face charges after death of child actor and aunt during police chase

Crash victims Rozanne Cooper, 34, and ten-year-old Makayah McDermott

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has asked the Crown Prosecution Service to consider charging two police officers over the deaths of a child actor and his aunt who were killed by a stolen car which was being pursued by their marked vehicle.

In March, drug addict Joshua Dobby was jailed for 12 years for mowing down Makayah McDermott, 10, and Rosie Cooper, 34, as they walked along Lennard Road in Penge, south London in August 2016.

Makayah died from 40 injuries and his aunt had 53 wounds, while two 13-year-olds and an eight-year-old girl, who were related to the pair, were also injured.

Joshua Dobby is serving a 12 year jail term for the deaths. Credit: PA/Metropolitan Police

The 23-year-old stepped over the badly maimed body of another young child to make good his escape.

At the time of the crash, Dobby, the son of a millionaire, was out on licence and was on his way to sell the stolen car for £300 to buy more drugs when he killed Ms Cooper and Makayah.

Dobby was on his way to sell the stolen car for £300. Credit: PA

After the crash the IPCC launched an investigation and said on Tuesday that it has referred a file to the CPS for consideration of criminal charges.

Operations manager Catherine Hall said: "Following our investigation I have now decided to make a referral to the CPS as there is an indication that two officers may have committed criminal offences relating to their actions both during and following the pursuit.

"The referral relates to both the driver and the passenger of the police vehicle.

"I am satisfied we have gathered all the available evidence and it is now for the Crown Prosecution Service to consider whether to bring criminal charges."