Brent North MP welcomes widening of the inquiry after police officers allegedly took selfies of murdered sisters in Kingsbury
PUBLISHED: 13:03 27 August 2020 | UPDATED: 13:43 28 August 2020
Barry Gardiner MP has welcomed the widening of an inquiry relating to alleged inappropriate photos taken by police officers of two sisters murdered in Kingsbury.
Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27, were found stabbed to death in Fryent Country Park on June 7.
Two Met police (MPS) officers from the North East Command were arrested after allegedly taking selfies of the sisters’ bodies and sharing them to a WhatsApp group.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has this week finished its investigation and advised six additional officers from the same unit that they too are under investigation.
Other allegations have emerged, some unrelated to the Kingsbury case and others for alleged failure to report the selfies.
The Brent North MP spoke to MPS commissioner Cressida Dick during a Zoom call on August 6.
He called for the inquiry to be widened to include any officers who had allegedly received the photos and asked if an investigation could check historic prosecutions.
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Two officers from the North East Command were arrested on June 11 on suspicion of misconduct in a public office and suspended from duties.
Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards was informed on June 17 of allegations that “non-official and inappropriate photographs” had been taken by police at the crime scene and the images shared on a closed WhatsApp group.
The IOPC has sent a report to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and MPS, which is currently being reviewed by the Directorate of Professional Standards.
The sisters were reported missing after celebrating Bibaa’s birthday on June 5, and their bodies were found two days later near the Valley Drive entrance on June 7.
Police later confirmed they had been stabbed to death by a stranger.
Mum-of-one Bibaa was a social worker who lived in Brent and Nicole was a freelance photographer who lived in Harrow.
Their mother is Wilhemina Smallman, the Church of England’s first Black female archdeacon.
Danyal Hussein, 18, of Guy Barnet Grove in Blackheath, has been charged with two counts of murder and possession of an offensive weapon and is due in court next month to enter pleas.
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