Officers could face charges over two deaths during police pursuit

Prosecutors are to decide whether to bring charges against two police officers over the deaths of a 10-year-old boy and his aunt who were killed by a stolen car which was being pursued by their marked vehicle.

Makayah McDermott and Rosie Cooper, 34, were walking along Lennard Road in Penge, south-east London, when the vehicle ploughed into them on August 31 2016.

Two 13-year-olds and an eight-year-old girl, who were related to the pair, were also injured.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) launched an investigation into the crash and said on Tuesday that it has referred a file to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for consideration of criminal charges.

Operations manager Catherine Hall said: "Following our investigation I have now decided to make a referral to the CPS as there is an indication that two officers may have committed criminal offences relating to their actions both during and following the pursuit. The referral relates to both the driver and the passenger of the police vehicle.

"I am satisfied we have gathered all the available evidence and it is now for the Crown Prosecution Service to consider whether to bring criminal charges."

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