Richard Okorogheye: Two Met Police employees given misconduct notices over disappearance of teenager

Mr Okorogheye left home in west London on 22 March

2021-07-09 03:56:00

Two members of the Metropolitan Police have been served misconduct notices over potential failings within the disappearance of teenager Richard Okorogheye, the police watchdog has informed Sky Information.

The 19-year-old pupil, who had sickle cell illness and was shielding throughout the pandemic, went lacking after leaving his household residence in Ladbroke Grove, west London, on the night of twenty-two March.

His physique was present in a lake in Epping Forest on 5 April. Police are but to find out a reason behind dying.

The Impartial Workplace for Police Conduct (IOPC) is investigating how the Oxford Brookes College pupil’s disappearance was initially dealt with, following complaints made by his mom, Proof Joel.

New CCTV image of Richard Okorogheye, who went missing from south London. Pic: Met Police
CCTV picture of Mr Okorogheye after he left his residence

On the time, Ms Joel informed Sky Information that she believed she was not taken significantly by officers due to her race.

In an announcement to Sky Information, an IOPC spokesperson stated: “We are able to affirm that we’ve got served misconduct notices on two members of Metropolitan Police Service employees as there is a sign that they could have did not go on new and related data referring to Richard Okorogheye to the workforce chargeable for conducting lacking individual assessments.

“The serving of misconduct notices doesn’t imply that disciplinary proceedings will comply with.”

Ms Joel contacted police the day after her son vanished, however he was not formally recorded as lacking till 8am on 24 March.

She described the most recent improvement as “encouraging”.

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In an announcement issued through her attorneys, Ms Joel stated: “It’s encouraging to listen to that they’re doing one thing as a result of I saved calling and at one level, a police officer informed me to cease.

“At any time when I’ve talked about how I used to be handled and the way gradual the police response was, some folks may have thought I used to be exaggerating.

“I do know that the investigation is at [the] early phases and I haven’t got particulars of the misconduct proceedings, however this information nonetheless gives some vindication of what I stated all alongside about how gradual the police have been to behave.”

The investigation is because of final between six and 9 months, she added.

The search for missing student Richard Okorogheye has now moved to Epping Forest. Pic: Metropolitan Police
Officers are seen looking Epping Forest. Pic: Met Police

After leaving his residence, Mr Okorogheye took a taxi from the W2 space of London to a avenue in Loughton, Essex and was final seen there on CCTV, strolling alone in direction of Epping Forest at 12.39am on 23 March.

{The teenager}’s physique was discovered roughly two miles from the place he was noticed, with out his footwear, bag and cell phone.

Regardless of an intensive police search of the realm, the objects have nonetheless not been discovered.

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