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Three police officers face misconduct probe over Valdo Calocane inquiries

Three police officers are under investigation for potential misconduct over their inquiries into alleged assaults by Valdo Calocane the month before he killed two university students and a caretaker in Nottingham, the police watchdog has said.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said two police constables and a sergeant at Leicestershire Police are under investigation for potential misconduct.

The IOPC probe relates to an investigation into alleged assaults by Calocane in Kegworth, north-west Leicestershire, in May last year.

The alleged incidents took place a month before he fatally stabbed Barnaby Webber, 19, and Grace O’Malley-Kumar, 19, and school caretaker Ian Coates, 65, in the early hours of 13 June in Nottingham.

He was sentenced to an indefinite hospital order in January following the deaths of Mr Webber, Ms O’Malley-Kumar and Mr Coates.

It follows a conduct referral from Leicestershire Police in February this year, the watchdog added.

Undated family handout file photo issued by Nottinghamshire Police of (left to right) Ian Coates, Barnaby Webber and Grace O'Malley-Kumar. In a joint statement, relatives of university students Barnaby and Grace , and school caretaker Ian , said they would take time on Thursday to remember "the souls of the three vibrant, caring, hard-working and much loved family members who are no longer here". Issue date: Thursday June 13, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story POLICE Nottingham. Photo credit should read: Nottinghamshire Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Ian Coates, Barnaby Webber and Grace O’Malley-Kumar (Photo: Nottinghamshire Police/PA Wire)

In a statement, the IOPC said: “We have advised three Leicestershire Police officers, two police constables and a sergeant, that they are under investigation for potential misconduct over how enquiries were progressed.

“Decisions on whether any officers have a disciplinary case to answer will be taken on completion of the investigation.”

This is a breaking news story and is being updated.

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