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Walthamstow MP is urging British police to intervene in Greek investigation of murdered teen from Leyton
MPs are urging British police to investigate the death of a teenager stabbed during a bar brawl in Greece.
Student Tyrell Matthews-Burton, 19, from Leyton, was stabbed to death outside a bar while holidaying in the Greek resort of Malia, Crete on July 23 2013.
Myles Litchmore Dunbar, 19, of Lewisham, is accused of Mr Matthews-Burton murder after a fight broke out in a bar involving nearly 30 British nationals.
He is awaiting trial and denies the charges.
Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy, who represents Mr Matthew-Burton’s family, has called for more to be done to involve British police in the investigation or for the trial to be held in the UK.
Speaking in the House of Commons yesterday, Miss Creasy told MPs: "Where a matter involves a British national as a victim and a British national as a suspect, the UK police can appoint a senior investigating officer (SIO) and indeed under section nine of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 the suspect can be prosecuted in England and Wales.
"Despite this case meeting this test, there has been no involvement in the investigation of this matter or movement on this matter by the police for this to be brought to the UK for trial even though David Cameron himself agreed to raise this with the Metropolitan Police.
"An SIO was finally appointed at the point the Prime Minister intervened but nothing more has happened and as they say the Greek police have refused their help, the government says there is nothing they can do.
"This stands in stark contrast to other well-known cases, such as that of Madeleine McCann, where the Prime Minister's intervention has rightly been crucial to achieving such progress."
Ms Creasy claims the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said it is not appropriate to get the Met involved as the FCO do not know the quality of the Greek investigation.
Lewisham East MP Heidi Alexander told the Commons she has “very serious concerns” about the Greek authorities handling of the murder investigation and support provided to them by the British Government has been “wholly inadequate”.
Ms Alexander also said Mr Litchmore-Dunbar’s family “passionately believe the British police should be involved in investigating Tyrell’s murder.”
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