New boss for IPCC probe into death of Yassar Yaqub
The IPPC says the investigation into the death of Yassar Yaqub is now being overseen by Steve Noonan, acting IPCC Deputy Director of Operations for the North of England.
In a statement, the IPCC said: “This is because the IPCC is beginning the transition into the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) – which will see the current Commission structure come to an end – and is taking steps to ensure all investigations can continue normally during this period of change.”
Steve Noonan said: “I am fully up-to-date with the progress of our investigation and will continue to monitor it closely. The West Yorkshire Police officers involved in the police operation remain witnesses to our investigation.
“We have recently received the results of independent detailed forensic tests, which have taken some months to complete, on the Audi vehicle in which Mr Yaqub was a passenger on the evening he was shot by police.
“Publication of the results, or the sharing of this information, isn’t possible at this time. This is because this information is likely, as are other findings from our investigation so far, to be used in evidence during the forthcoming criminal proceedings. To do so could prejudice these proceedings.
“There is no doubt that the ongoing criminal trial will delay some of the investigative work still to be carried out or prevent us from publishing our findings so far.
“This is something we understand and accept. I appreciate that some may feel frustrated by this, but it is vital that we observe the judicial process and play our part in ensuring a fair trial can take place. We will continue to monitor this should our position change in the future for any reason.
“I hope that this update provides some context as to how this investigation is progressing, as well as making clear some of the external factors we must continue to consider.
“We want to ensure all aspects of Yassar’s death are properly explored. This takes time. Right now, it is vital that this thorough and robust investigation into the actions of West Yorkshire Police continues, and we enable the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to complete its work.”