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Establishing a public inquiry into the death of Jermaine Baker

Home Office written statement – made on 12th February 2020.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel The Secretary of State for the Home Department

I am announcing today the establishment by the Home Office of an inquiry, under the Inquiries Act 2005, to investigate the circumstances of the death of Jermaine Baker during a Metropolitan Police Service operation on 11 December 2015.

Establishing an inquiry is important to ensure that all of the relevant evidence can be properly considered as part of an effective investigation into Mr Baker’s death.

The Inquiry will be chaired by His Honour Clement Goldstone QC. HH Goldstone is a retired Senior Circuit Judge who was appointed by the Lord Chief Justice on 21 March 2019 to conduct the investigation and inquest into the death of Jermaine Baker. In accordance with section 3(1)(a) of the Act, this inquiry will be undertaken by HH Goldstone alone as Chair.

It has been necessary to establish an inquiry so as to permit all relevant evidence to be heard. The inquiry will have the same scope as the current inquest, which will be suspended after the establishment of the inquiry.

I will place a copy of the Terms of Reference for the inquiry in the Libraries of both Houses.

The arrangements for the inquiry will now be a matter for the Chair. The Home Office will provide support and ensure that the inquiry has the resources that it needs.

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS104