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Scottish criminal justice agencies reject request to launch criminal investigation into links between DWP and the death of David Barr.

What: Police Scotland says that it will “no longer be pursuing enquiry on this matter” over the dossier it had been handed by Black Triangle suggesting links between DWP and the death of David Barr. The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal says it has decided to take no further action on links between DWP and the suicide of Paul Donnachie. Police Scotland had previously said it would only look at the Ms DE case – the third death included in the dossier of evidence – if Black Triangle or Disability News Service was able to pass on her personal details. But these details have never been made publicly available.

Why significant: The first attempt to hold ministers and senior civil servants accountable in a criminal court for their actions ends in failure.


'Criminal justice agencies reject call to investigate Duncan Smith’s WCA failings', Pring, 2016