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Dead biker family meet watchdog
Mark Gibney (family photo)
Mark Gibney's family did not give permission to use the pictures
A dead motorcyclist's family have met the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) after images of his body were shown without their consent.

North Wales Police chief constable Richard Brunstrom showed pictures of Mark Gibney to journalists at a road safety briefing last month.

Mr Gibney, 40, was decapitated when his bike crashed in Denbighshire in 2003.

The force has apologised to Mr Gibney's family from Merseyside who have called for Mr Brunstrom to be sacked.

Following a voluntary referral from the North Wales Police Authority, the IPCC is independently reviewing the case.

According to the family's solicitor Paul Beck, Friday's meeting in Liverpool went well and gave the family an opportunity to express how they felt about the case.

Meanwhile, the newly-elected assembly member for Clwyd West has told a meeting of North Wales Police Authority he was disappointed with the whole situation.

Darren Millar said he was particularly disappointed because a previous official inspection report had criticised the force's media profile.


An image of Mr Gibney's severed head, lying on a grass verge, was shown to journalists and council officials during a private road safety briefing by Mr Brunstrom on 26 April.

Mr Gibney's headless torso was also shown, as well as the bodies of two young men who died in a different crash.

At the time, Mr Brunstrom said he was showing the images to "give the context" of his anti-speeding campaign, but confirmed that permission had not been sought from Mr Gibney's family.

Richard Brunstrom, North Wales Police chief constable
Mr Brunstrom said the images were shown in confidence

His father, William Gibney, 64, said Mr Brunstrom's actions were "appalling".

He added he had tried to keep details of his son's injuries from much of the family.

He said they were not consulted about the pictures, and the incident had been distressing.

Mark Gibney died after his bike crashed on a bend on the B5105 between Cerrigydrudion and Ruthin.

Mr Brunstrom has been criticised by MPs and his former deputy for using the images.

But, writing in his weblog, he said those attending the anti-speeding briefing saw images which would not be "released into the public domain". He added the pictures had been included as part of the presentation to counter road deaths through speeding.


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