Deputy Chair of the IPCC Deborah Glass has replied:
While this does not rule out the possibility of the MPS file having been leaked, it also raises other possibilities, either that someone who may have been connected to the investigation or in possession of material had a conversation with a reporter, or that the author/s of the articles were reporting speculatively – I note, for example, the references in both stories to “…it is understood that..."
While I fully understand your concerns about these press reports, it appears to me that the public interest is best served by ensuring that the MPS [Met Police] are indeed carrying out a robust and thorough investigation into the initial incident and its aftermath.
Investigation launched as body discovered day after a 999 call
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has launched an investigation into the contact between Warwickshire Police and a 44-year-old woman prior to the discovery of her body.
Warwickshire Police received an emergency call at 8.13 pm on the 24th October 2012, the call ended before the caller left any details. The police operator called the line back and spoke to two men and a woman who then said their location.
The next morning around 11.00 am, the police were called to the same address by the ambulance service who had found the woman's body in the house.
"The investigation is examining the actions and decisions of control room staff, supervisors and police officers and whether force procedures and policies were followed in relation to contact with the occupants of Briar Close on the evening of 24 October 2012.
"An investigator has made contact with the woman’s family to explain our role. My thoughts are with them at this difficult time.”
Police watchdog investigation after man detained by police dies
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is appealing for information, to assist its investigation into the death of a Polish man who died in hospital after being detained by police last month.
The watchdog is asking for people who knew Rafal Delezuch while he lived in Leicester, as well as anyone who witnessed events around the time he was detained on Wednesday 15 August 2012.
Mr Delezuch, who was 26, was known to attend the Anchor Centre on Dover Street. He had previously lived at an address in Mere Road. He is believed to have come to the Leicester area around two years ago.
A post-mortem examination was inconclusive and further tests are being carried out.
Police were called to Devana Road in Highfields on 15 August to reports of a man acting strangely in the street. Mr Delezuch was detained under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act. During the detention, police used incapacitant spray and restraints.
Mr Delezuch was taken by police van directly to the Leicester Royal Infirmary, due to concerns for his welfare. He died in hospital at around 12.30pm.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission has confirmed it is investigating the death of a foreign student who was struck by a police car.
Xuan Wei Zhang, who was 24 and from China, was crossing a road in the Newtown area of Birmingham when he was struck by an unmarked BMW police car.
The collision was referred to the police watchdog by West Midlands Police.
The IPCC has viewed onboard CCTV footage from the police car which indicates its audible emergency warning equipment was activated at the time of the incident.
This is very distressing time for all those involved and in particular I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr Zhang for their terrible loss. Our independent investigation is underway and we will be examining all the circumstances of this tragic incident. We would be grateful for anyone who witnessed the collision who has not already come forward to contact the IPCC.”