Coroner rules identity of two police officers who shot Hull man dead will not be revealed at inquest

The identity of two police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a Hull man will not be revealed at his inquest, a coroner has ruled.

Lewis Skelton.
Lewis Skelton.

Lewis Skelton, 31, was shot by two police officers in Francis Street, Hull, on November 29, 2016 after he was seen carrying an axe. He was taken to hospital but later died from his injuries.

An inquest into his death is expected to take place in September this year.

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A pre-inquest review - the third of its kind - took place at Hull Coroner's Court on Monday, after the inquest into Mr Skelton's death was postponed in June last year.

Assistant Coroner Oliver Longstaff did not give an exact date for the inquest, but said it is likely to last several weeks and involve a jury.

Following applications submitted by lawyers representing Humberside Police, the coroner ruled the two police officers involved will remain anonymous throughout the inquest. Both were previously cleared of any wrongdoing following an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

The officers will give evidence to the court behind a screen, however Mr Skelton's family, legal representatives, the coroner and the jury will be able to see their faces.

Their anonimity will be protected from the public.