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There should be no rush to judgement to pin blame for Bedford death on officers says new PCC Kathryn Holloway and pledges to establish to the truth

Bedfordshire’s new Police and Crime Commissioner Kathryn Holloway has urged the public not to assign blame as the police watchdog, the IPCC, launched an investigation into the death of a man in Midland Road on May 11 2016.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has started an investigation into the incident on Midland Road which means Bedfordshire Police is unable to comment further at this point.

This has been welcomed by Kathryn Holloway, who took over the PCC role the following day, May 12.

Mrs Holloway has made a commitment to ensure the true facts of what happened come to light.

She added: "When it comes to the details of what happened during the arrest on Midland Road, as an operational event it's for the force to answer, but I'd like to reassure both the family of the man who so sadly died and the wider public that I stand by the commitment I've made over the last seven months of the election campaign that, as a former reporter who has specialised in the release of public information for the past seventeen years, I would never preside over any form of whitewash and will make sure that the facts emerge."

But she did urge that people should take extreme caution when assigning blame, before the investigation is complete.

She added: "It would, however, be grossly unfair to impute any wrongdoing to the officers involved through rumour and speculation and we will be failing absolutely everyone involved if there is a rush to judgement."

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