Met Police issue apology to family of Sidcup teenager

PUBLISHED: 10:31 24 September 2015 | UPDATED: 10:31 24 September 2015

New Scotland Yard in central London.

New Scotland Yard in central London.


Met Police had wrongly inferred his cause of death may be related to ingestion of nitrous oxide.

The family of Sidcup teenager Alistair “Ally” Calvert, have been given an apology by the Metropolitan Police.

Mr Calvert died of natural causes on July 26.

In a press release issued by the Met at the time, the statement inferred that Mr Calvert’s death may have been related to the ingestion of nitrous oxide.

However a post-mortem revealed that the 18 year old was had in fact suffered from fatal cardiac arrest.

Mr Calvert’s family have responded to the mistake by police, saying:

“The subsequent harassment that our family and friends of Alistair were subjected to by the media, has caused significant distress and we hope that once the truth regarding Alistair’s death has been reported then all links connecting him to nitrous oxide will be removed”

Following his death, friends and family have begun raising money for CRY, Cardiac Risk in the Young, so far raising almost £8000.

In a statement, Bexley Borough Commander, Chief Superintendent Jeff Boothe said:

“No inaccurate coverage should be allowed to tarnish the memory of Alistair. He deserves to be remembered for the fine, upstanding member of the community that he was.”

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