29th June 2020

Two Police Officers were arrested after allegedly sharing photographs of a double murder scene.

It is alleged that the shared photographs were of the murder scene of Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry who are believed to have been killed following a birthday celebration in a park in the early hours of 6 June 2020.

It is reported New Scotland Yard has confirmed two Metropolitan Police Officers have been suspended from duty and arrested on suspicion of misconduct in a public office.

It is stated that the allegations comprise “non-official and inappropriate photographs” being shared from the site of the two women’s deaths. The reports state the photographs shared included selfies taken next to the bodies of the dead women. Some of the images apparently showed the dead women’s faces.

It is understood the allegation is that the photographs were shared with a small number of others.  The Independent Office Police Conduct (IOPC) are investigating.

The disclosure must have caused significant distress to the women’s families already suffering in the most difficult of times.

The Metropolitan Police are reported as having stated “if true, these actions are morally reprehensible, and anyone involved will be robustly dealt with”.  The Metropolitan Police have stated they will fully cooperate with the independent investigation being undertaken by the IOPC.

The two Police Officers have been bailed for further enquiries.

Blog by Richard Hardy, Partner