Father calls for inquiry into son’s death cover-up

PUBLISHED: 12:10 22 June 2006 | UPDATED: 10:23 06 May 2010

Andrew Digby-Cameron

Andrew Digby-Cameron

A father is demanding an independent inquiry into the death of his son. Alan Digby-Cameron of Stratford Road, Sandy, claims there has been a cover-up by police into the death of his son Andrew. Andrew, of Bloomfield Drive Shefford, died in July, 2003, aft

A father is demanding an independent inquiry into the death of his son.

Alan Digby-Cameron of Stratford Road, Sandy, claims there has been a cover-up by police into the death of his son Andrew.

Andrew, of Bloomfield Drive Shefford, died in July, 2003, after he ran across the A1(M) between Letchworth GC and Stevenage and was struck by a lorry after a night drinking in Graveley.

His family has always maintained he was being chased by men who had threatened to murder him.

After the inquest into Andrew's death in February, when coroner Edward Thomas recorded a narrative verdict saying Andrew had died from severe multiple injuries, Mr Digby-Cameron said: "We feel let down by the police. It's about time more Shefford people who know information came forward."

He has now sent a letter to the professional standards department at Bedfordshire Constabulary naming officers he claims had let the family down. The letter has also been sent to Hertfordshire police.

"This complaint is about the failure of the police to properly investigate the circumstances of my son's death," writes Mr Digby-Cameron.

"It is about the failure to properly co-ordinate their investigation between Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

"This complaint is about the failure of the police to properly hold those to account who committed serious crimes against my son just before he died and failing to properly investigate the crimes committed after my son was killed or to hold those responsible to account."

Mr Digby-Cameron's letter also named and blamed a number of Bedfordshire police officers for not carrying out proper investigations into his son's death and criticised both chief constables.

Mr Digby-Cameron is now trying to arrange a meeting with the Independent Police Complaints Commission and North East Beds MP Alistair Burt in an attempt to force a new investigation into his son's death.

The driver of the lorry that struck Andrew, Dennis Ryan, 48, from Ireland, was found guilty of making a false driving record but it was not suggested he had driven over his permitted hours on the day Andrew died.

Mr Ryan was fined £750 with £750 costs and banned from driving for a year, although the ban was not effective in Ireland.

Both Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire police declined to comment on Mr Digby-Cameron's letter saying it would be inappropriate while any internal investigation into the allegations was being carried out.

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