West Yorkshire police officers to face no further action over case of murdered Huddersfield toddler Riley Siswick

One West Yorkshire police officer has been cleared and two others will face no further action following a misconduct hearing over how they investigated the death of a Huddersfield toddler.

Three-year-old Riley Siswick died in February 2016 after being attacked by 27-year-old Kyle Campbell, the partner of Riley's mother, Kayleigh Siswick.

Campbell was later found guilty of murder and jailed for at least 20 years. Siswick was jailed for seven years for causing or allowing the death of a child.

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The investigation into Riley's death was carried out by Det Chief Insp Mark Swift, Det Insp George Bardell and PC Oliver Scoones from West Yorkshire Police.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), which looked into how the case was handled, said there was evidence the officers failed to conduct a "thorough or appropriate" inquiry and that they prepared a report for the coroner which was "incomplete or misleading".

Det Insp Bardell and Det Chief Insp Swift also faced an allegation that they failed to supervise and direct the investigation appropriately.

The IOPC determined that the three officers had a case to answer for gross misconduct and directed West Yorkshire Police to proceed with a hearing.

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After the hearing today, Assistant Chief Constable Angela Williams of West Yorkshire Police confirmed that one officer has been cleared and two others will face no further action.

  • The Panel cleared D/Supt Mark Swift of all allegations.

  • One allegation of misconduct was proved on a limited basis, for DI George Bardell who, the Panel said, breached the standard of professional behaviour in relation to duties and responsibilities.

  • Two allegations of misconduct were proved on a limited basis, for PC Oliver Scoones who, the Panel said, breached the standard of professional behaviour in relation to duties and responsibilities.

She concluded: "The Panel stated that both DI Bardell and PC Scoones will face no further action."