Caroline Flack saw healthcare professional in police custody before her death

Caroline Flack saw a healthcare professional in police custody following her arrest in December.

The former Love Island host was arrested for an alleged assault on her boyfriend Lewis Burton on December 13.

A police investigation into its own conduct over Caroline's death has now been dropped after the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) found there was no "casual link" between the "actions or omissions of the police" and Caroline's death.

Caroline had been seen by paramedics the day before she took her own life at the age of just 40 on February 15. She was not taken to hospital on Valentine's Day.

The IOPC said the Metropolitan Police last had contact with Caroline when she was arrested.

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A statement said: "Having considered a mandatory referral from the Metropolitan Police (MPS), we decided the matter did not require investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct because there was no indication of a causal link – directly or indirectly – between the actions or omissions of the police and Caroline Flack’s tragic death.

"The referral outlined police contact prior to her death.

"MPS officers last had contact with Ms Flack on 13 December 2019, when she was in custody, nearly two months before her death.

"While in custody on 13 December, officers arranged for her to see a health care professional and relevant policy and procedure was followed to give her further guidance.

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"On this basis, we have returned this referral to the MPS’ Department for Professional Standards for them to deal with the matter in whatever manner they decide."

When she died Caroline had just been weeks away from standing trial, despite Lewis begging the CPS to drop the charges.

The Met made a mandatory referral to IOPC in the wake of her death

A statement from the police released after the ruling today said the referral was standard practise when a member of the public dies and has had recent contact with the police.

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The statement said: "The referral was made following a review by the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) of all previous police contact with Ms Flack. This is standard practice when a member of the public dies or is seriously injured and has had recent contact with police.

"The IOPC, having independently assessed the circumstances, has informed the MPS and Ms Flack's family that an IOPC investigation is not required. The IOPC said it does not consider it reasonable or proportionate based on the evidence provided to suggest officer involvement caused or contributed to Ms Flack’s death."

It added: "The IOPC has referred the matter back to the MPS for the DPS to decide whether any further investigation or review into the circumstances is needed.

"The DPS has concluded that a formal investigation is not required. A comprehensive review of the circumstances surrounding all police contact with Ms Flack following her arrest and detention has already taken place as part of the referral process. No conduct has been identified on the part of any officer. In line with normal processes, if any new information should come to light it will be considered and action taken as appropriate.

"The MPS continues to offer every assistance to the coroner."

An inquest into her death found that Caroline had "apparently been found hanging" on February 15, while an autopsy said the provisional cause of death was suspension by ligature.

The inquest is due to resume on August 5.

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