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Caroline Flack’s mum sparks assault charge reinvestigation two years after death


Caroline Flack’s mother has sparked a reinvestigation into her late daughter’s assault charge following a police complaint.

The Love Island star died by suicide at the age of 40 on February 2020.

Two months prior to he death, the presenter was arrested following an incident with boyfriend Lewis Burton, later discovering that prosecutors wanted to press ahead with an assault charge.

Caroline’s mother Christine Flack has now said she wants to know why her daughter was charged with the assault, despite previously being told by prosecutors she should be given a caution.

Speaking to the BBC, Christine said: “I just want those answers to make me feel better and to make me know that I’ve done the right thing by Caroline.



Presenter Caroline Flack passed away in February 2020
Presenter Caroline Flack passed away in February 2020

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“It leaves us really sad and really angry because we want to know why they charged her.

“I just want the truth out there. I know it won’t bring her back but I’ve got to do it for her.”

When asked if she believes the decision to charge Flack contributed to her death, Christine said: “Oh, totally. Totally. She couldn’t see a way out.”

It’s believed that Caroline found out the day before her death that she was to be prosecuted for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton.

In an inquest into the presenter’s death, Coroner Mary Hassell found that Flack took her own life because she knew she was being prosecuted and was fearful of the media attention her case would receive.



Caroline Flack's mum Christine has complained to the police
Caroline Flack’s mum Christine has complained to the police

The MPS spokesman said of Christine’s complaint: “Following a review, the IOPC agreed with the MPS that service was acceptable in relation to seven areas of the complaints relating to the response and handling of the incident by the MPS.

“The IOPC has directed the MPS to reinvestigate one element of the complaints. This relates to the process involved in appealing the CPS decision to caution Ms Flack.

“We will re-examine this element of the investigative process.

“Our thoughts and sympathies remain with Caroline’s family.”

The complaint comes after Caroline’s mum Christine previously slammed ‘fake friends’ for grieving over her daughter on TV.



Caroline Flack is believed to have taken her own life the day after she found out she was being prosecuted for assault
Caroline Flack is believed to have taken her own life the day after she found out she was being prosecuted for assault

Speaking at the launch of the Good Grief Trust’s Grief Awareness Week in December 2021, Christine said that it hurts when she sees people claiming they were friends with her late daughter when they weren’t.

The 71 year old said her daughter had a few friends that were really there for her but some people claim they were close.

Her mum told The Sun: “It’s hard. I saw someone on the telly this week calling her a friend and it really hurt.”

She added: “I like seeing [friends] Natalie, Josie and Dawn, but it hurts sometimes when I have to see people who say they knew her.”

If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org.





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