IPCC Commissioner Mike Franklin will be on the panel this evening at the public meeting about the death of Smiley Culture. Ahead of the meeting, Mr Franklin said: "There is no doubt in mind my about the seriousness of this case and about the scale of shock and anger people feel about it. I am mindful that our investigation needs
to be thorough and robust but that it also needs to be done as quickly as possible because people are rightly demanding answers. "Having said that, the key to this investigation will be information we can obtain from forensic examinations of evidence gathered at the scene using the scientists and experts we have commissioned. These things take time, and we do not have control over how long these examinations will take, but I will be doing everything I can to ensure that this investigation moves forward as quickly as possible.
"I know that one aspect of this case which has caused much concern to those who knew Smiley is the anonymous sources that were quoted in the press within hours of his death.
"Firstly I want to say that I am absolutely confident that those sources were not from the IPCC. Secondly, I want to say that I share the frustration and I know our investigators do too. Not only is it incredibly insensitive to be briefing journalists before the man's family had been given the facts as could be established at the time, but it is also unhelpful to our investigation and totally irresponsible to be stating as fact information that has not been independently verified.”
The public meeting will take place this evening, Thursday 24 March 2011 at Lambeth Town Hall.