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Police reopen inquiry into death of RAF base firefighter
10:30am Friday 13th September 2013 in News
THE death of an RAF firefighter at an Oxfordshire airbase is being reinvestigated by police..
Senior aircraftsman Robert Fleeting was found dead in his room at RAF Benson on September 4, 2011. An inquest held in Oxford in April last year heard the 24-year-old had been out drinking with friends in Henley the night before his death.
He was found hanged, and Coroner Nicholas Gardiner ruled that the 24-year-old, from Glasgow, had taken his own life.
But his parents refused to accept the findings and lodged a complaint with the Independent Police Complaints Commission over the handling of the case by Thames Valley Police. They accused authorities of a “cover-up” in investigating the death.
The commission upheld the complaint and the force has confirmed it is re-examining the case.
A Thames Valley Police spokeswoman said: “Following the appeal that was upheld by the police complaints commission, Thames Valley Police is conducting a review into the investigation and will be exploring new lines of inquiry put forward by Mr Fleeting's family.”