Met Police to apologise to family of murdered sisters for investigation which ‘fell short’

The Met Police will issue an apology to a family of Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry for the way it responded when the sisters were reported for missing in Wembley last year.

Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27, were stabbed to death by Danyal Hussein while they were out celebrating the former’s birthday at Fryent Country Park, North London, in June last year. Their bodies were found two days after the incident was reported to police.

The Met said they agreed the findings of the report by the Independent Office for Police Conduct that found the level of service provided over the weekend when they went missing in June 2020 was below the standard that it should have been.

No misconduct was found by an officer and two members of police staff but there will be action taken over their performance, which was found to be inadequate.

There was no suggestion racial bias played any part in how the missing persons reports were dealt with, it said.

Met Commissioner Cressida Dick said: “My thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of Nicole and Bibaa for their tragic losses.

“The way we responded to information that Nicole and Bibaa were missing that weekend was below the standard we should have achieved and compounded the distress felt by their loved ones.

“While we know that very sadly Nicola and Bibaa had been murdered in the early hours of Saturday June 6 2020, before they were reported missing, if we had responded better we may have saved their friends and family immeasurable pain.

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“I am very sorry that the level of service we provided fell short. We have contacted the family to ask if they will allow me or, if they prefer, another senior officer to visit them at a time that is right to apologise in person.”

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