Metropolitan police criticised for failing to carry out basic checks on Nicola Edgington

PUBLISHED: 11:53 04 March 2013 | UPDATED: 13:16 04 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


The Metropolitan Police have been criticised for not carrying out basic checks on Nicola Edgington hours before she murdered Sally Hodkin in Bexleyheath.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) released their report into the police’s dealings with Edgington in the early hours of October 10, 2011 today, the day she is sentenced having been found guilty of murder and attempted murder last month.

After two police officers had taken Edgington to Queen Elizabeth Hospital on the morning of her crimes, she repeatedly asked them to have her sectioned under the Mental Health Act while warning of the risk she posed to others.

These pleas were ignored and the commission said the failure to do this was a missed opportunity.

A Police National Computer check would have revealed that Edgington killed her own mother in 2005, spending more than three years in a secure unit in Dartford before being released in 2009.

The report reads: “It is of great concern that no Police National Computer check was carried out which would have immediately alerted them to Nicola Edgington’s violent history.

“Without this check, police and, subsequently, staff at the hospital and Oxleas Centre were without crucial information which may have influenced their future decisions.

“There was a missed opportunity for the officers to use their powers under section 136 of the Mental Health Act which would have provided medical staff with the opportunity to detain her.”

Oxleas NHS Trust is conducting its own investigation into its dealings with Edgington.

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