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Police apology over 'inexcusable' Cherry Groce failings

The country's most senior police chief has apologised 'unreservedly' and said it was 'inexcusable' that it had taken until now to say sorry for police failings which contributed to the death of Cherry Groce, whose shooting by an officer triggered the 1985 Brixton riots.

Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said: "I apologise unreservedly for our failings.

"I also apologise for the inexcusable fact that it has taken until now for the Met to make that public apology. Sadly this means that the person that most deserved to hear that apology, those words that we are sorry, is no longer here.

"Mrs Groce bore her suffering with dignity, and her story is a powerful reminder to all our officers of our responsibilities where we use force or plan for its possible use."

Read: 'Police failures' contributed to death of Cherry Groce

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Groce jury returns verdict on day 3 of deliberations

The jury returned their verdict on the third day of deliberations.

  • The mother-of-eight died 26 years after the shooting in 2011, aged 63, from kidney failure, which a pathologist directly linked to the gunshot injury
  • Mrs Groce's shooting by Metropolitan Police Inspector Douglas Lovelock sparked two days of unrest during which shops were looted and petrol bombs thrown in Brixton
  • Lovelock, who admitted being responsible for the wound, told the inquest he had apprehensions about going on the job

Police 'failed to communicate' in hunt for Michael Groce

  • Dorothy Groce, known as Cherry, was wounded and paralysed by armed police who were searching for her son in a planned raid at her home in south London
  • A jury at at Southwark Coroner's Court found that police failed to communicate properly during the hunt for Michael Groce and to adequately check who was living at the address before the raid

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Boy arrested over Brixton murder

A 16-year old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder in south London.

The arrest was made by detectives investigating the death of a 17-year-old at a property in Brixton yesterday.

He has been taken to a south London police station for questioning.

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