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Police will probe Francis Report

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: February 15, 2013

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STAFFORDSHIRE Police will review the Francis Report to see whether there is potential for any criminal charges.

A meeting held today between Assistant Chief Constable Nick Baker, senior representatives from Staffordshire Police, the Crown Prosecution Service and representatives of Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis.

The multi-agency meeting discussed concerns raised following the publication of the Mid Staffordshire Public Inquiry report last week.

Asst Chief Constable Baker said: “Staffordshire Police will be reviewing information brought to light by the Francis Inquiry in order to identify whether there is any potential for criminal charges.  

“To assist us with this task we shall be obtaining advice from Specialist Prosecutors from the Crown Prosecution Service,” he said. “This is a very substantial report which we will link into what is already known by previous police investigations, to see if there are any additional investigative enquiries that are required. “

He said the process needed to be thorough and carefully considered and would inevitably take some time.

“Throughout this process we will be contacting the appropriate patients’ representatives.”

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