Lee Balkwell (Continued)
- In June 2009 the Independent Police Complaints Commission, having investigated the case anew for a year, issued a confidential report which slammed Essex Police for ‘serious flaws’ They recommended that Essex allow an independent police force to investigate the whole case afresh
- The Essex Chief Constable, Jim Barker-McCardle, rejected the recommendation, instead asking West Midlands Police to carry out a ‘review’
- The West Midlands Review by Detective Chief Superintendent Dave Mirfield made 91 separate recommendations, and is believed to have been even more critical of Essex Police than the IPCC
As well as the IPCC probe, West Midlands Police were asked to investigate how Mr Balkwell died, making more than 90 recommendations for further action.
Three men and two women were arrested in connection with the death in November as part of a new inquiry by the Essex and Kent serious crime directorate. They remain on police bail.
Mr Balkwell’s body was exhumed at Upminster Cemetery March 3013 , where it was buried in September 2002. The family are still awaiting the report.