Cherry Groce Family Still Await Justice 30 Years On

THE FAMILY of Dorothy ‘Cherry’ Groce have launched a petition for the attention of Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe calling for justice for their mother and a sit-down with the Met Commissioner.

Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the historic raid that left the mother-of-eight paralysed, the petition hosted on has already been signed by nearly 8,000 people.

Groce died in 2011 – 25 years later – as a result of complications from the injuries she suffered that fateful day, Southwark Coroners Court heard.

The bungled raid, which occurred on September 28, 1985, is widely considered as the catalyst for the Brixton riots.

At an inquest last year, a jury found multiple failings on the part of the Metropolitan Police in relation to the operation.

In the wake of the verdict, Hogan-Howe apologised publicly and in person to the family for the failures, expressing regret for the “years of suffering” that had been caused.

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