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Metropolitan Police: checks into Nicola Edgington would not have prevented murder of Sally Hodkin in Bexleyheath

PUBLISHED: 13:00 05 March 2013 | UPDATED: 13:00 05 March 2013

Nicola Edgington made repeated pleas to be sectioned. Picture: Metropolitan Police Service

Nicola Edgington made repeated pleas to be sectioned. Picture: Metropolitan Police Service

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The Met Police has claimed doing background checks on Nicola Edgington would not have prevented the murder of Sally Hodkin in Bexleyheath.

It comes following criticism from the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) for not carrying out a Police National Computer check (PNC) which would have revealed Edgington killed her own mother in 2005 and had a history of psychiatric problems.

The two police officers who took Edgington to Queen Elizabeth hospital in Woolwich could also have detained her under the Mental Health Act but failed to do so.

Yesterday she was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum 37-year term for the murder of 58-year-old grandmother Mrs Hodkin and a concurrent 20-year sentence for the attempted murder of Kerry Clark, then 22.

A statement from the Met said: “A PNC check alone would not have prevented the actions that Edgington subsequently took.

“With the benefit of hindsight this may have assisted officers with background information, however, as the IPCC investigation concluded, whilst Edgington was vulnerable, she was compliant and herself seeking medical assistance.

“The IPCC concluded their investigation and no recommendations were made for either misconduct or learning for the MPS. They also identified that no police officer or staff breached the code of conduct or MPS policies.

“Despite this we will of course review the findings of the IPCC investigation.

“Once again our thoughts remain with the family of Sally Hodkin and with Kerry Clark.”

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