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Nottinghamshire Police have announced they are preparing to launch a criminal investigation into maternity failures at the Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) NHS Trust.

In a statement on Thursday, Police Chief Kate Meynell said she met with Donna Ockenden, who is leading an independent study into “potentially concerning” maternity cases at NUH.

“We want to work alongside the review, but also be careful not to impede its progress,” Meynell said.

“However, I am able to say that we are preparing to launch a police investigation.”

She added that she had appointed Deputy Chief of Police Rob Griffin to oversee the preparations and subsequent investigation.

“We are currently reviewing the work done in Shrewsbury and Telford by West Mercia Police to understand how they conducted their investigation alongside Donna Ockenden’s review and lessons learned,” Meynell said:

“We plan to have preliminary discussions with some local families in the near future,” she added. “Anthony May, Chief Executive of NUH, has pledged to cooperate fully with this police investigation.”

More details soon