Stephen Port murdered four people in Barking between 2014 and 2015 (Credit: Metropolitan Police)
Anthony Walgate, Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth and Jack Taylor were drugged, raped and killed by Port between 2014 and 2015.
The murderer was sentenced to life in prison at the Old Bailey in November 2016.
An eight-week inquest into the Metropolitan Police’s initial response to the deaths of the victims will begin on Monday, 4 October.
It was originally scheduled to take place at the Old Bailey but due to the number of people involved and the need for social distancing, it will take place at Barking Town Hall instead.
“We know the families of Anthony, Gabriel, Daniel and Jack have waited so long for this inquest,” said the leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, Darren Rodwell. “Nothing will ever bring those young men back, but their families understandably want answers.
“We’re really glad we’ve been able to help them get those answers by offering the town hall to host the inquest – so this wasn’t delayed again.
“Port is a dangerous individual and his actions devastated our entire borough. Since the case came to light, we’ve been working with our local LGBTQ+ community to put equalities as high as possible on our agenda and provide reassurance that Barking and Dagenham is a borough for everyone.
“We’ll continue to support the families, any residents and the wider community however we can during the inquest and afterwards, whatever the outcome.”
Barking and Dagenham Council has produced an information leaflet, with details of local agencies who can offer support and advice, for anyone who may be affected by the case. It can be found here.
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