27 March 2018

The family of 35-year-old, Kevin Clarke, who died earlier this month after being restrained by London Metropolitan Police officers in Lewisham, has issued the following the statement through their solicitor, Cyrilia Knight Davies of Hudgell Solicitors:

“On Friday 9 March 2018, our family was informed that our beloved son, brother and cousin, Kevin Andre Clarke was dead.

“Kevin was well-known and loved in our community and we will truly miss him. He was a father figure and a role model to so many, even when he was going through his difficult times. He was also a gifted footballer, who would coach young people and dreamt about pursuing this; unfortunately his dream was cut short.

“We do not know exactly what happened or the circumstances which led to Kevin’s untimely death. We are left with so many questions and hope that the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) will swiftly complete their investigations into Kevin’s death and that those officers involved will offer their full cooperation.”

“Finally, we ask that you keep us in your prayers, we do appreciate all the love and support we have been shown during this difficult time.”

The family gave the statement outside Southwark Coroner’s Court this morning, as the initial inquest hearing opened and adjourned, prior to the full inquest which will take place in due course.

INQUEST has been working with the family of Kevin Clarke since his death. The family is represented by INQUEST Lawyers Group members Cyrilia Davies-knight of Hudgell Solicitors and Leslie Thomas QC of Garden Court Chambers.



For further information, please contact Lucy McKay on 020 7263 1111 or here.

Media releases from the Independent Office for Police Conduct on their investigation are available here.