Police officers investigated for misconduct over Nottingham killer’s previous assault case


Three Leicestershire Police officers are under investigation for misconduct over their inquiries into an assault carried out by the Nottingham attacker the month before he killed three people.

Valdo Calocane took the lives of university students Barnaby Webber and Grace O’Malley-Kumar, both 19, and caretaker Ian Coates, 65, in a series of violent attacks in Nottingham on June 13 last year.

Six weeks earlier, Leicestershire Police were called after the then 32-year-old assaulted two security guards at a warehouse where he was working.

At the time, Calocane had already been on the run for several months after he failed to appear in court in August 2022 to face charges of assaulting a police officer in Nottingham.

The assaults happened on May 5, 2023, while Calocane was working at Arvato Supply Chain Solutions, at a warehouse near East Midlands Airport.

The business reported the incident the same day, and Leicestershire Police attended, but Calocane was no longer there.

Ian Coates, 65, Barnaby Webber and Grace O'Malley-Kumar, both 19, were killed by Calocane in June last yearIan Coates, 65, Barnaby Webber and Grace O'Malley-Kumar, both 19, were killed by Calocane in June last year

Ian Coates, 65, Barnaby Webber and Grace O’Malley-Kumar, both 19, were killed by Calocane in June last year – Nottinghamshire Police

On Tuesday, the Independent Office for Police Conduct said three Leicestershire Police officers, two police constables and a sergeant, are under investigation for potential misconduct “over how enquiries were progressed”.

The police watchdog said a decision on whether any officers have a disciplinary case to answer will be taken on completion of the investigation.

Regional Director Derrick Campbell said:  “We are acutely aware that we are one of a number of agencies conducting reviews into the circumstances of this terrible case. Whilst we will endeavour to answer as many of the questions arising from the families’ complaints as we can, our remit is limited.

“Some of the issues the families have raised as part of their complaints, as well as the broader questions raised about the criminal justice and health systems, are not something which the IOPC is able to investigate”

Calocane, a paranoid schizophrenic, was given an indefinite hospital order after pleading guilty to three counts of manslaughter on the basis of diminished responsibility.

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