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Independent Office for Police Conduct to investigate Leicestershire Police’s dealings with knifeman Valdo Calocane who stabbed three to death in Nottingham and hit Newark man with stolen van

The Independent Office for Police Conduct has begun an investigation into the contact that Leicestershire Police had with Valdo Calocane prior to killing three people in Nottingham.

The investigation follows our assessment of the referral from the force after the conclusion of criminal proceedings when Calocane was found guilty of the manslaughter of students Barnaby Webber and Grace O’Malley-Kumar and school caretaker Ian Coates in June 2023. Calocane also hit Wayne Birkett, of Newark, and Sharon Miller and Marcin Gawronski with Mr Coates’ van, which he had stolen from his victim.

During the trial, several incidents involving previous police contact with Calocane were brought to the attention of the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) which it said it was unaware of. As a result, the IOPC asked Nottinghamshire Police and Leicestershire Police to provide information about those incidents to establish whether there are any matters that should be referred.

Valdo Calocane
Valdo Calocane

Leicestershire Police referred itself on Monday (January 29) about its investigation into assaults Calocane was alleged to have committed on May 5, 2023. Following this on Tuesday, January 30, the IOPC received a referral from Nottinghamshire Police concerning a number of prior contacts the force had with Valdo Calocane dating back to 2020.

The IOPC requested further information and after careful consideration, it has decided that an independent investigation into the prior contact by Leicestershire Police was required. The referral from Nottinghamshire Police remains under consideration and we will provide an update on that in due course.

The investigation will consider the actions and decisions of Leicestershire Police, focusing on their response to the alleged assaults. It will also look at whether any person serving with the force may have behaved in a manner which would justify disciplinary proceedings.

Leicestershire Police
Leicestershire Police

IOPC regional director Derrick Campbell said: “First and foremost, my thoughts and sympathies go to Barnaby’s, Grace’s and Ian’s families and friends and everyone who has understandably been affected by the tragic deaths and the injuries sustained in June last year.

“We have been in contact with Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire Police recently about the referrals, which followed the level of public concern raised by the trial last month.

“Our investigation will be thorough and completely independent of the police. We will be looking at whether the investigation into the alleged assaults was progressed properly and whether this presents any opportunity for individual or organisational learning.”

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