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Cop tip-off ignored


POLICE FAILED to save the life of a gun victim despite getting a tip-off telling them the time, location, motive and even the types of weaponry likely to be used.

Jason Fearon
Jason Fearon: Death could have been prevented.

Jason Fearon, 26, was shot dead in three years ago after police shunned the intelligence they got four days before the attack.

A new internal police investigation has concluded that the death could have been prevented if cops had acted, The Guardian has reported.

Police were warned that a gun attack would take place at the Turnmills nightclub in Clerkenwell on 21st April 2003, but they only parked an unmanned police car outside the club as a deterrant.

An anonymous caller to Crimestoppers told police everything they needed to know in order to stop the crime taking place, an investigation has concluded.


Sir Anthony Burden, the former chief constable of South Wales police who led the internal inquiry, has called for an overhaul of firearms strategy and prioritising “threats to life.”

Monica Dixon
Monica Dixon: Sad and disappointed.

He concluded that the murder could have been prevented  “if a proportionate police response had been provided to match the threath level that existed.”

Fearon&#39s family criticised police after the shooting for failing to act on the tip-off.

The victims&#39 cousin, Monica Dixon, said at the time: &#39We are sad and extremely disappointed and concerned to learn that an anonymous tip-off was made but the information was not acted upon.&#39

Fearon, a father-of-two from Silvertown in east London, was an associate of the intended target, who later was taken into police protective custody.


The tip-off was passed to Operation Trident, who decided that a full operation “could not be mounted on the information received.”

The scene outside Turnmills nightclub.

There were only two unarmed officers nearby as Fearon was gunned down as he got into an Audi TT outside the nightclub. The attackers have never been caught.

Imran Khan, the family&#39s solicitor, said: &#39They had a duty of care and they failed.&#39

Sir Anthony recommends that all officers in the firearms unit undergo extensive training to gain accreditiation, and that all “threats to life” be passed to an officer of commander rank.

He also called for new procedures to share intelligence across different parts of the police service. Annette Williams, Fearon&#39s mother, said: &#39If they police had done something with the intelligence, then he would not be dead.&#39

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