Caroline Flack: Metropolitan Police to Review Decision on Charging TV Personality

Following the tragic death of TV personality Caroline Flack in February 2020, the Metropolitan Police is set to re-examine its decision to charge her with assault, amidst ongoing criticism of its handling of the case.

Flack, known for her presenting roles including Love Island, was facing prosecution for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend at the time of her death. Initially, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) recommended that she receive a caution. However, after a senior Metropolitan Police officer appealed, Flack was instead charged with assault by beating.

Flack’s mother, Christine Flack, has been vocal in her criticism of the police’s handling of the case, expressing frustration over unanswered questions. She recently lodged a fresh complaint with the Metropolitan Police, seeking clarity and accountability.

Despite a review by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) which found no misconduct in the police’s decision to charge Flack, Christine Flack remains unsatisfied. The IOPC did, however, request that the Met apologize to Flack’s family for not adequately documenting the rationale behind their decision to appeal the CPS recommendation. While the Met issued an apology, Christine Flack rejected it.

In response to the recent complaint from Flack’s family, the Met confirmed that the matter has been referred to the Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) for further investigation. The DPS will specifically examine the actions of officers in appealing the initial CPS decision, considering the possibility of new witness evidence.

Christine Flack reiterated her determination to uncover the truth, emphasizing the family’s relentless pursuit of justice. Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Police maintains that Flack’s arrest was handled appropriately.

In the midst of ongoing legal scrutiny, a festival honoring Caroline Flack, known as Flackstock, is set to return for its third year. The festival, headlined by singer Olly Murs, will take place in the grounds of Englefield House in Berkshire, serving as a tribute to Flack’s memory.

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