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Former police officer found guilty over crash which led to the death of Holt Heath man

Droitwich Editorial 19th Aug, 2021

A FORMER West Mercia Police officer has been found guilty of causing death by careless, or inconsiderate, driving.

Jamie Holloway appeared at Worcester Crown Court over the death of Holt Heath man David Shaw after a crash in Worcestershire on May 28, 2018.

The jury found him not guilty of an original charge of death by dangerous driving.

The collision, on the A449 between Worcester and Stourport-on-Severn, involved an unmarked police car responding to an emergency call and a car being driven by Mr Shaw.

Mr Shaw suffered multiple injuries and tragically passed away on June 11, 2018.

Following the outcome, West Mercia Police Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Jones, said: “Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Mr Shaw at what continues to be an extremely distressing and difficult time for them. I hope today’s verdict can offer them some form of closure.

“I can assure Mr Shaw’s family and communities across West Mercia that we take incidents such as these incredibly seriously and we are committed to taking any learning from this case and embedding it within our organisation.”

The incident was referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), which carried out an independent investigation into the matter.

Holloway has already resigned from West Mercia Police. However, an internal misconduct process will now take place.

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