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South Wales Police satement on the family of Christopher Kapessa

The family of Christopher Kapessa, who died following an incident in the River Cynon in July, 2019, were informed last week of a decision by the Crown Prosecution Service not to prosecute anyone in connection with his death.

Chief Superintendent Dorian Lloyd, divisional commander for Rhondda Cynon Taff and Merthyr Tydfil, said: "We are aware of the family’s concerns and whilst we cannot comment specifically in relation to previous complaints, as they have been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct, we do have confidence in the police investigation into the circumstances surrounding Christopher’s tragic death.

"A full file of evidence was submitted to the CPS by the South Wales Police Major Crime Investigation team after what was a very complex and challenging investigation. An incident room was set up by the team of dedicated detectives who went on to gather 170 statements and conduct 54 child interviews as they worked tirelessly to establish the facts and the events leading up to Christopher’s death.

"We note the decision of the CPS, and at this very difficult time, we recognise the pain and grief still endured by Christopher’s family who lost their young boy in the most traumatic of circumstances. Our support for them continues as it has done throughout the investigation.

"The shock and the impact upon the local community must also be managed and we continue to work closely with support agencies to ensure the right help is in place for those who need it."