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Stephen Port: ‘No police penalties’ in serial killer case

Officers investigating murders committed by Stephen Port were guilty of “systemic failings”, but won’t be disciplined.
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Image caption Port, now 44, from Barking in east London, was sentenced to a full life term in November 2016

None of the officers investigated for potential misconduct in the initial response to serial killer Stephen Port in east London will be disciplined, the police watchdog has said.

But the Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC) said its inquiry had identified “systemic failings” within the Metropolitan Police.

Nine officers will be required to improve their standards, it added.

The families of Port’s victims have given an undertaking not to comment.

A spokeswoman said this was a condition demanded by the IOPC when they handed the families the final report – which is not due to be published until after the inquests for Port’s four young victims.