6 Jul 2022

Richard Okorogheye’s mother rejects Met apology for ‘unacceptable’ failings

Social Affairs Editor and Presenter

The family of a missing vulnerable black teenager were failed by the Metropolitan Police, the police watchdog has said.

Richard Okorogheye – who had sickle cell anaemia – went missing from his home in west London last March.

His body was found in a lake in Epping Forest a fortnight later.His mother Evidence told Channel 4 News that she “literally begged” officers to look for her son, saying she was never taken seriously.

She tonight rejected an apology from the Met Police. The force remains in special measures following a raft of other failings.