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IPCC conclude Smiley Culture death probe

DEATH: Smiley Culture

THE INDEPENDENT Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has announced today (Nov 29) that they will no longer continue to investigate the death of British reggae singer Smiley Culture.

The Police watchdog said that there was 'no evidence that a criminal offence may have been committed' by the arresting officers and would no longer refer the case to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

IPCC comissioner Mike Franklin, said: "This has been a difficult process for all those involved in this case and I would like to thank everyone for their patience. Our investigation is now complete and all the evidence we have gathered has been passed to HM Coroner who is liaising directly with Mr Emmanuel’s family."

He added: "I hope that arrangements can now begin for the inquest - which will be the opportunity for all the evidence to be heard, and tested, in public.”

Officers visited the Cockney Translation star's Surrey home on March 15 to arrest him on suspicion of drug possession.

But while there, they claim the Cockney Translation singer stabbed himself with a kitchen knife while making a cup of tea.

The 48-year-old was later pronounced dead at his home and a post-mortem gave cause of death as a single knife wound to the chest.

An investigation report into Mr Emmanuel’s death has been sent to HM Coroner to begin preparation for the inquest set for early 2012.

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