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It's been a day which has seen the CPS reveal no-one will be charged over the death of Poppi Worthington.

Then Cumbria Police admitted it made a string of mistakes in the investigation into her death in December 2012.

Finally a solicitor for Poppi Worthington's mother said she is 'desperate to understand' how police failed her daughter so badly.

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Police chief admits Poppi investigation went into 'deep freeze' for eight months

The police investigation into the death of Barrow toddler Poppi Worthington went into "deep freeze" for eight months, Cumbria's chief constable has admitted.

Speaking today after the CPS said no-one will be prosecuted over the toddler's death, Jerry Graham admitted "we messed up". 

He added: "And I think we messed up right from the start of this investigation. One of the critical things of any investigation, but particularly in an investigation of this complexity, is the ability to manage the scene.

"Potentially it was a crime scene, and officers are trained to lock it down and collect evidence and our job is to search for the truth, and what we should have done was manage the scene, got all the potential evidence there was, and that would have allowed us to assemble a case over a period of time.

"We didn't do that, we made mistakes right from the start.

"And then secondly another fundamental mistake was the length of time it took before we actually investigated.

"The investigation almost went into the deep freeze for seven or eight months, and that was wholly unacceptable, it shouldn't have happened, and I apologise for that."

Jerry Graham

Poppi Worthington denied justice, Lib Dem leader Tim Farron says

Judith Moritz

BBC North of England Correspondent

Poppi Worthington has been denied justice, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron tells me.

The Westmorland and Lonsdale MP was speaking after Cumbria Police admitted a string of failings over the death of the 13-month-old girl in 2012.

Today Mr Farron welcomed the force's apology over the way it handled the investigation.

Judith and Time Farron

Police failings led to lack of evidence, chief admits

Failings in the Poppi Worthington investigation contributed to the fact no-one will be charged over her death, Cumbria's police chief has admitted.

Today the CPS announced there is no realistic chance of prosecting anyone following the 13-month-old's death in December 2012.

Jerry Graham

Chief Constable Jerry Graham told North West Tonight: "The CPS have got to make a decision whether there's enough evidence to prosecute, and police evidence is going to be crucial to them making their decision.

"I think the shortcomings in the police investigation, one has to speculate, we have not helped the CPS to come to a decision about prosecution. 

"So the flaws in our investigation I think will inevitably have contributed to that decision."

One police officer still facing action over Poppi investigation.

Three officers were subject to the IPCC probe into Poppi's death - which has yet to be published - with one suspended and two others moved into different roles. 

The suspended officer has since retired, one was dealt with by "management action" and the other is awaiting "performance proceedings". 

This is believed to be a "third-stage performance meeting". The HomeOffice guidance says the possible outcomes are as follows:

  • Redeployment.
  • Reduction in rank (in the case of a member of a police force and for performance cases only).
  • Dismissal (with a minimum of 28 days’ notice).
  • Extension of a final improvement notice (in exceptional circumstances).

No timescale was given on when this would be completed.

How the various inquiries unfolded

Poppi Worthington was buried in February 2013, precluding a further post-mortem exam after her body was released by the local coroner. 

There was said to be an "absence of evidence" to find out how she died, or definitively prove if or how she was injured. 

Cumbria Police made a self-referral to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) in June 2014. 

The IPCC says the report will not be published until after the new inquest in the autumn.

Senior officer admitted mistakes were made in Poppi inquiry

Cumbria Police has today blamed "senior officers" for failings in the Poppi Worthington investigation.

Back in November, a detective in charge of the probe into the death of the 13-month-old in Barrow admitted mistakes were made in the inquiry.

Poppi died in December 2012 but there was a delay of almost nine months before a full inquiry began.

Police failed to keep items for analysis, and the home was not visited or statements taken, new documents show.

Retired Det Supt Mike Forrester said "with hindsight" he would have done things sooner.

Retired Det Supt Mike Forrester

"I'm not saying we get it right all the time, but none of us on this case have done anything intentionally wrong", he said.

"We haven't done anything dishonest. We've done the best we can with the information we had (and) with the resources we had at the time.

"I do accept that the police and other agencies perhaps have got things wrong, particularly in the very early stages around scene management and the timelines of the investigation," he said.

"Hindsight's a wonderful thing. If I look back now and think would I have done anything differently, perhaps I would have done things sooner."

Senior detectives retrained after 'flawed' Poppi investigation

Martin Lewes


Cumbria's chief constable and police and crime commissioner have both been stressing the measures taken to try to make sure the shortcomings of the Poppi Worthington inquiry are not repeated.

Evidence was lost and important interviews were delayed for months after the 13-month-old collapsed and died in 2012.

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Chief Constable Jerry Graham said there'd been a two-year plan drawn up with child safeguarding specialists.

He said: "This includes further training for all operational supervisors and staff in respect of the management of potential crime scenes. Senior detectives have received bespoke training into child deaths."

PCC Peter McCall said he's been assured that inadequate procedures had been addressed, and there would be independent reviews of each case.

Poppi Worthington failures 'must be put right'

If Cumbria Police has not learnt lessons from the debacle over the Poppi Worthington investigation the chief constable should go, Labour Barrow MP John Woodcock says.

Jerry Graham apologised for the force's handling of the probe into the toddler's death in 2012, and said lessons would be learned.

Cumbria Police's Chief Constable Jerry Graham

But speaking to North West Tonight, Mr Woodcock said:  

The bottom line is these failures must be put right, and there must be a system in place in which the community can have confidence in the police.

It's not yet possible to say whether the heartfelt apology from the chief constable has resulted in sufficient change and action.

That needs to be assessed independently by the home secretary and if it is judged that he has put things right, then obviously he can stay in post, but if not then there must be a question mark hanging over all levels of the force, including the chief constable."

Police commissioner: No one will be brought to justice for Poppi's death

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall says he's disappointed that no one can now be brought to justice for the death of the Barrow toddler Poppi Worthington in 2012.

Her added the chief constable was right to apologise to her family.  

Peter McCall
Peter McCall

He said: "I have spoken in detail to the Chief Constable and I am assured by him that the inadequate operational procedures in 2012 have now been addressed by bespoke training, additional training for senior investigating officers investigating child deaths, accountability and challenge from mentor’s and peer reviews, and support from other agencies such as the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board."

Mr McCall said he would be asking HMIC inspectors who are due to visit the force over the summer to give independent assurances.

Home secretary urged to intervene in Cumbria Police

The new Home Secretary Amber Rudd needs to intervene in Cumbria Police after failings emerged in its handling of the Poppi Worthington investigation, a Cumbria MP says.

Labour Barrow MP John Woodcock told North West Tonight: "It's deeply frustrating that the independent report by the IPCC has still not seen the light of day. 

"There can be no excuse now for that not being brought forward. And that will outline some of the individual failings and of course there must be individual accountability.

"But I'm equally concerned in a force that has so manifestly failed in its basic duty to the community.

"It's not simply enough for the head of the force to apologise and say 'it's ok we've sorted that out'. 

"How do we know? How can we see? And there needs intervention at the highest level to give us those assurances.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd

Chief Constable blames officers for Poppi inquiry failings

Cumbria's Chief Constable Jerry Graham blames a lack of judgement and and decision-making for the way evidence lost evidence and delayed inquiries  after the death of 13-month-old Poppi Worthington.

Mr Graham says there was no lack of resources. But he lists:

  • Poor judgement and decision-making by senior detectives;
  • Officers not adhering to policy, or not knowing what policies and procedures were;
  • Insufficient challenge into ongoing and protracted investigations.

He said:

I can only imagine the distress that the parents and family of Poppi Worthington must have felt at her death, but also four years after, they’re no clearer as to why she died and the circumstances of her death."

Jerry GrahamChief Constable, Cumbria Police

Many of these failings had already  been identified by Mr Justice Peter Jackson in a court hearing in March 2014. 

He said a police witness had been 'driven with evident reluctance to accept a number of failings in the inquiry.'

Mike Forrester

Last year the officer in charge of the investigation, Det Supt Mike Forrester, who's now retired, admitted that in hindsight he would have done some things sooner.

"I do accept that the police and other agencies perhaps have got things wrong, particularly in the very early stages around scene management and the time lines of the investigation," he said.  

How pathologists questioned the evidence of Poppi's abuse

After Poppi Worthington's death, Dr Alison Armour, a Home Office pathologist, carried out a post-mortem examination from which she concluded there was evidence of sexual assault.

Dr Alison Armour

Dr Armour, however, said the cause of death was unascertained, and police thought she'd jumped to conclusions. 

They also failed to keep a number of items of evidence such as sheets and clothing.

Dr Armour maintained her conclusions as they were questioned by Dr Stephen Leadbetter, at an eight-day hearing in March 2014.

Dr Leadbetter said the signs Dr Armour had seen could have other causes, including having been cause as part of the post-mortem exam.

In his judgement Mr Justice Peter Jackson conceded Dr Armour's findings were "heavily disputed". 

But he said that the only explanation for the facts was abuse, and the only person who could have perpetrated it was Poppi's father.

Call for outside force to assess Cumbria Police

An outside force must come in and inspect Cumbria Police after it admitted failings over Poppi Worthington's death, an MP says.

Labour Barrow MP John Woodcock told North West Tonight: "The chief constable (of Cumbria Police) is taking responsibility (for the failings) through the apology. 

"My chief question is how is this force going to be given the ok, and how can it show that it has properly improved?

Labour Barrow MP John Woodcock

"If this was a school it would have been classed as failing and an outside regime would come in to monitor it and put it back on track. If it was a hospital it would have been put in special measures.

"What you have here is the chief constable saying 'we did wrong, we screwed up', but then saying 'we've put in place measures to change this', and that's very good to hear. 

"But there needs to be an outside force coming in and assessing that.

"That's something that I want to take up with the new home secretary (Amber Rudd) at the first possible opportunity."

Poppi Worthington's father Paul 'did not abuse daughter'

Back in January, Tracy Worthington, the sister of Paul Worthington, denied he had ever sexually abused his daughter Poppi before her death.

The death had been shrouded in secrecy, with a 2014 fact-finding civil court judgement being kept private so as not to prejudice any criminal proceedings.

In his judgement that month, Mr Justice Peter Jackson said he could not accept Mr Worthington's evidence relating to the collapse of Poppi at the family home and was "not impressed" with his account of the events leading up to her death.

Paul Worthington, 48, was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault but not charged with any offence.

His sister was also critical of the police investigation, which she said denied her brother the chance to clear his name. The interview is below.

Poppi's father 'did not abuse her'

No charges over Poppi death 'bitterly disappointing'

It is "bitterly disappointing" that no-one will be charged over the death of Poppi Worthington, a Cumbria  MP says.

Labour Barrow MP John Woodcock told North West Tonight: "It confirms our worst fears about the scale of police failures in the aftermath of Poppi's death which has thwarted, probably forever, the chance of getting proper justice for her death.

"I heard the apology from the police chief constable. But the big question that remains for that force is 'have they done enough and what will be the regime that can actually improve and restore the confidence of the public'?"

Labour Barrow MP John Woodcock

Poppi's mother speaks of anger and disappointment over CPS decision

Poppi Worthington's mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is "desperate to understand" how police failed her daughter so badly, her solicitor says.

Today she issued a statement through Fiona McGhie, from the law firm Irwin Mitchell.

It says:

This is obviously a very distressing time for Poppi's mother and she is desperate to understand more about the police investigations and the events leading up to Poppi's death.

She is angry and disappointed with the decision by the Crown Prosecution Service and wishes to be given time and space at this difficult time as we approach the inquest."

Judge was 'unusually troubled' by Poppi's death

Martin Lewes


Family law is normally considered in hearings in which almost all the details are kept private.

But because of concern about the way police and social services had dealt with the case, media organisations including the BBC took action to get information about the Poppi Worthington case made public.

In an edited version of a judgement published in January this year, Mr Justice Peter Jackson gave his conclusions in what he described as 'a more than usually troubling case'.

He said evidence from pathologists, including Dr Alison Armour, led him to conclude that Poppi died after an assault by her father Paul. 

This led to the Crown Prosecution Service reviewing the case and the decision today. 

Poppi Worthington
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Police chief 'cannot imagine the distress that Poppi's family have felt'

Judith Moritz

BBC North of England Correspondent

Poppi Worthington died suddenly almost four years ago. 

No-one has ever been prosecuted for her death, and today the Crown Prosecution Service said there was no realistic prospect of conviction. 

The Chief Constable of Cumbria Police, Jerry Graham, said that his force's investigation into Poppi's death "fell well short of the standard that should have been expected." 

He apologised to the baby's family and all those who loved her. 

The police say that they failed to preserve evidence, took too long to interview key witnesses, did not keep accurate records, and failed to share concerns with the local authority. 

The Chief Constable added that those deficiencies contributed to the fact that almost four years after the baby's death, the cause remains unascertained. 

He said that he cannot imagine the distress that Poppi's family must have felt.

Coroner prepares for new inquest into Poppi

Preparations for a second inquest into Poppi Worthington's death are continuing.

Today Cumbria Coroner David Roberts announced that he will hold a second pre-inquest review on 29 July in Carlisle.

The reviews are a way for all interested parties to discuss what evidence and witnesses the inquest has available. 

An earlier inquest in October 2014, under the previous coroner Ian Smith, lasted only seven minutes. 

It found the cause of Poppi's death was "unascertained."  Mr Smith said this was because reporting restrictions stopped him referring to findings of the investigation.

A year ago, the High Court described this as "irregular" and ordered a second inquest.

Social workers 'should have asked more questions about Poppi's background'

The news that no-one is to be charged over Poppi Worthington's death follows a recent critical report.

The serious case review into the toddler's death, for the Cumbria Local Safeguarding Children Board, was finally published last month.

Poppi Worthington
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The report revealed that a post-mortem examination had found fractures to her leg, and other possible injuries.

But it said that despite a history going back three generations of family involvement with social services, Poppi was not seen as at risk by the authorities.

The report recommended that children's services staff working with families with such a complex history should "demonstrate professional curiosity and scepticism" about fathers and other men associating with them.

Chief Constable: How the Poppi death inquiry fell short

Cumbria Police Chief Constable Jerry Graham has listed what he says are the main failings in the investigation into the death of 13-month-old Poppi Worthington.

He said they were:

  •  A failure to secure and preserve potentially relevant evidence from Poppi's home or the hospital she was taken to.
  • A failure to conduct a thorough investigation in a timely or effective manner, particularly the length of time to obtain witness statements and formally interview key witnesses.
  • The length of time taken to send off evidence for forensic analysis;
  • A failure to keep accurate records; 
  • A failure to share concerns with local authority safeguarding colleagues;

BreakingMother 'angry and disappointed' father will not face charges over Poppi death

The mother of Poppi Worthington, who died after she was found with serious injuries at her home, has said she is "angry and disappointed" with the decision by the Crown Prosecution Service that the 13-month-old's father will not face any criminal charges.

More to follow.

Poppi Worthington
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Father 'has always denied sexually abusing girl before her death'

Poppi Worthington's father has always denied sexually abusing his daughter before her death.

In January a High Court judge ruled that - on the balance of probabilities - Paul Worthington had "perpetrated a penetrative ... assault on Poppi".  

In his judgement, Mr Justice Jackson said he could not accept Mr Worthington's evidence relating to the collapse of Poppi at the family home and was "not impressed" with his account of the events leading up to her death.  

But Mr Worthington has always denied any wrongdoing and issued a statement then saying he did not accept the findings and had never hurt his daughter.  

Paul Worthington
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A statement released by Mr Worthington's lawyers at the time said: "Mr Worthington does not accept the findings of the court.

"He is saddened that after having been given a plausible alternative medical opinion by the well-respected Dr Cary that called into question key findings made in March 2014, and also having three medical experts ... all stating that evidence to support a finding of abuse was lacking, the court has decided to prefer the evidence of Dr Armour.

"Mr Worthington maintains that he has given a truthful account of the events of 12.12.12 and that he has not hurt his daughter."

Chief Constable: Poppi death investigation was 'deeply flawed'

Judith Moritz

BBC North of England Correspondent

Today the Chief Constable of Cumbria Police admitted the Poppi Worthington case "was a flawed investigation from start to finish and I deeply regret that".

Jerry Graham apologised to Poppi's family for an investigation which he said "fell well short of the standard that could and indeed should have been expected".

He added "for this I would like to make a full and heartfelt apology to Poppi's family and all those who loved her".

Poppi Worthington case hampered by loss of vital evidence, judge said

The Crown Prosecution Service announcement today that no one will be charged over the death of Barrow toddler Poppi Worthington comes after the loss of vital evidence.

Police failed to secure the scene and senior officers who would normally visit a house where a suspicious death had taken place, did not do so immediately.

Mr Justice Peter Jackson, in a court judgement, listed the fact that evidence was lost

This included clothing, Poppi's nappy, and sheets from her bed and the ambulance in which she was taken to hospital.

Poppi Worthington
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BreakingPolice 'deepy regret letting Poppi down', says chief constable

Judith Moritz

BBC North of England Correspondent

Cumbria Police's Chief Constable Jerry Graham has said the force deeply regrets the way the investigation into Poppi Worthington's death was handled. 

He has just apologised to family of Poppi for the investigation which "fell well short of standards".  

More to follow.

Cumbria Police's Chief Constable Jerry Graham

Poppi Worthington: Key dates in her tragic story

The Poppi Worthington case has taken nearly four years to come this far, and there are still unanswered question about her death and the subsequent investigation.

Here are some of the key dates so far:

  • December 12, 2012: Poppi Worthington dies aged 13 months in hospital. It triggers a police investigation and her father Paul and a 30-year-old woman are arrested.
  • February 2013: Former coroner Ian Smith opens and adjourns an inquest into Poppi's death, during which no records were taken.
  • April 2014: Cumbria Local Safeguarding Board launches a serious case review.
  • July 2014: Media organisations, including the BBC, fail to persuade a judge to make the fact-finding judgement public after Cumbria County Council asks for details about Poppi's death to be withheld for 15 years.
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  • October 21, 2014: An inquest lasting just seven minutes, determines Poppi's death is "unexplained". No other details are revealed.
  • March 2015 - Cumbria Police say Poppi's father and the woman arrested over her death will not face criminal action.
  • November 2015: Family Court judge Mr Justice Peter Jackson criticises Cumbria Police and the county council over their handling of Poppi's case.
  • February 2016: The government says it cannot order the release of the full IPCC report as requested by Barrow MP John Woodcock because it could jeopardise a fresh inquest, expected to be held later this summer.
  • June 2016: The Cumbria Local Safeguarding Children Board carries out a review and finds that family members could have have been offered more support because of a "complex history". The report also queries Poppi's mother's ability to protect her family.

Poppi Worthington: What the CPS announcement means

The statement from the Crown Prosecution Service on the case of Poppi Worthington, the Barrow toddler who's death has been the centre of controversy since 2012, was clear.

It said: "The CPS has looked at the original decision in this case that there was insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction - as we often do in other cases. We have reached the same conclusion." 

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The CPS says this is not a finding of guilt or innocence, or a finding of fact. 

It's an assessment of what it might be possible to prove in court, based on the evidence the prosecution has available, and not the evidence the defence in a criminal case might be able to bring.

It's also a judgement made on the evidence available at a particular time. The CPS says prosecutors must keep every case under review so they can take account of any change in circumstances.

Police to give statement over Poppi Worthington death

The media are gathering at the Cumbria Police HQ in Penrith ahead of an announcement about the Poppi Worthington case.

Today the CPS said there's "insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction" over the death of the toddler in 2012.

Cumbria Police Chief Constable Jerry Graham will give a statement following the decision.

Police have been heavily criticised over their handling of the case.

A leaked Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) report earlier this year said the investigation into her death was 'not conducted diligently and expediently'.

Cumbria Police Chief Constable Jerry Graham
Cumbria Police

BreakingPoppi Worthington: 'Insufficient evidence' to see anyone convicted

The CPS says there's "insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction" in the Poppi Worthington case.

 A CPS spokesman said: "The CPS has looked at the original decision in this case that there was insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction - as we often do in other cases. We have reached the same conclusion."  

It means no-one is to be charged over the death of the 13-month-old in December 2012.

BreakingPoppi Worthington death: No-one to face charges

No-one is to be charged over the death of Barrow toddler Poppi Worthington in 2012, the CPS announces.

A judge had said her father Paul had sexually assaulted her before she died. He has always denied this.

More to follow.

Poppi Worthington
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Fans meet at Stan Laurel's birthplace

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

 And here they are - hundreds of Laurel and Hardy superfans are in Cumbria to visit Stan's Ulverston birthplace:

Fans in Ulverston

Hundreds of Laurel and Hardy fans descend on the county

Pupil who was temporarily paralysed raises thousands for others

BBC Cumbria

A pupil at Sedbergh School who was left temporarily paralysed after a rugby match has managed to raise just under £14,000 for injured players. 

James Gray who's originally from County Durham but goes to school in Sedbergh, damaged his neck during a school rugby match. 

Since his recovery the 14-year-old has focused on helping others and took on the 135 miles challenge of the C2C from Whitehaven on the West Coast all the way to Sunderland:  

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Carlisle incinerator energy plan opposed by neighbours

Plans for a power plant to be built near Carlisle are causing concern among local people.

Artists impression of plant
Verus Energy

The facility - at the Kingsmoor Park Industrial Estate - would heat waste to produce a gas that could be burned to generate energy. 

People living nearby say the building would be unsightly - and they are worried about fumes it might give off. 

The company that wants to build it, Verus Energy, says it's environmentally safe and won't have too much of a visual impact.

Poppi Worthington death: Prosecutors to announce charge decision

The Crown Prosecution Service is expected to announce later whether charges will be brought in connection with the death of 13-month-old Poppi Worthington, who was found with serious injuries at her home in Barrow, Cumbria, in December 2012.

Poppi Worthington
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In January, a judge ruled she had been sexually assaulted by her father.  

Following Poppi's death, Paul Worthington was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault. He has not been charged with any offence and has always denied any wrongdoing.

The way the case was dealt with by the police and social services has been repeatedly criticised, most recently in the report of a serious case review last month.

Cumbria Police are expected to speak about the case after the CPS announcement.

Churches: It's now time to welcome Syrian refugees

Churches in Cumbria say it's now time to welcome a share of refugees fleeing the civil war in Syria to the county.

The previous Prime Minister, David Cameron, laid plans for 20,000 refugees to be brought to Britain from camps in Middle East countries such as Jordan.

Proposals for some of them to be housed in Cumbria were put on hold after the floods because of housing shortages.

Weather: Sunny spells and feeling warmer

There should be some good spells of sunshine throughout much of the day and it will feel warm in lighter winds. 

There's the risk of the odd isolated light shower, particularly throughout the afternoon but overall a pleasant day with temperatures reaching 19C (66F).

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