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7,500 sign petition for inquiry into police failings in Stephen Port case

Left to right: Daniel Whitworth, Jack Taylor, Anthony Walgate and Gabriel Kovari (Credit: Metropolitan Police)

More than 7,500 people have signed a petition calling for a full public inquiry into police failings during the Stephen Port killings in Barking. 

The 46-year-old serial killer used the date rape drug GHB to rape and murder Anthony Walgate, Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth and Jack Taylor between June 2014 and September 2015.

An inquest found police failings “probably” contributed to the deaths of Port’s last three victims in December 2021. It revealed officers had failed to link the murders and missed crucial pieces of evidence. 

Before the inquest, the Independent Office for Police Conduct also investigated 17 officers involved in the case. It found the performance of nine of them fell below the standard required. 

Seven of them received feedback from their manager while the other two attended meetings to discuss their performance. 

Stephen Port (Credit: Metropolitan Police)

A petition, started by Josie Minihane, expressed outrage that none of the officers were fired and several of them have been promoted. 

“We need justice for Jack, Anthony, Gabriel and Daniel,” reads the petition. “The families need justice. The officers need to be held accountable. They should not be in the positions of authority they currently hold.

“There is widespread homophobic and gender phobic discrimination in the police forces, a full public inquiry should be launched to fully investigate the police failings and make an example of those who let down the families of port victims.”

The petition has been backed by the leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, Darren Rodwell, who urged people to sign the petition.

He said: “I’m in no doubt there needs to be a public inquiry into the whole investigation and how the IOPC didn’t get to the truth, and it cannot be right that no officers were found accountable in the passing of these four young men.”

If you would like to sign the petition, you can do so online here

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