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Metropolitan Police announces fresh inquiry into death of Wood Green bus driver Kester David after racism claim
A fresh investigation into the death of a bus driver whose charred remains were found in Palmers Green two years ago will take place, police have announced.
The family of Kester David, 53, of Russell Avenue, Wood Green, had launched legal action against the Metropolitan Police after a leaked report into the investigation into his death found a series of errors.
The bus driver’s body was found with 100 per cent burns underneath a railway arch in Broomfield Lane on July 7, 2010, and detectives decided he took his own life.
However, Mr David's family believes he was murdered and claims the police did not investigate properly because he was black.
In a statement, the Met Police said: “Following concerns from Mr David's family, two reviews into the investigation were carried out by senior officers from Enfield borough in September 2011 and January 2012.
“The results of those reviews remain under consideration and detectives from the homicide and serious crime command are to reinvestigate.
“They retain an open mind about the circumstances of Mr David's death. Officers will be in close contact with the family throughout the investigation to discuss its progress with them.”
A report found detectives had not checked CCTV footage, failed to cross-reference DNA from the scene, did not examine mobile phone evidence and ignored potentially key witnesses, and Mr David’s family believe he was murdered because he was a police informant.
Mr David worked at the Arriva bus garage in Wood Green for ten years and was wearing his uniform when he died.
A coroner returned an open verdict at an inquest last year after a forensic expert said he could not rule out someone else had been involved in his death.
The move by Mr David’s family follows a catalogue of allegations of racism against police, which led to Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe to declare: “There is no place for racism in the Met."
After a recording by 21-year-old Mauro Demetrio of an officer using racist language when arresting him in south London was made public, it emerged 18 Met officers and one civilian employee are being investigated over ten serious complaints of racist behaviour.