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Police will not face criminal action.

FIVE cops who investigated the "executionstyle" Midland murder of Kevin Nunes in 2002 will not face criminal proceedings because of insufficient evidence of wrongdoing.

The Crown Prosecution Service has revealed the serving or former officers will not be prosecuted over the botched Staffordshire Police investigation into the killing of the amateur footballer.

Five West Midlands men were jailed in 2008 for the murder of Mr Nunes, 20, found dead in a country lane in Pattingham, Staffordshire. But they all had their convictions quashed at the High Court in 2011, amid concerns about the running of the police unit that convicted them.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) passed a file to prosecutors relating to the five officers up to the rank of detective chief inspector.

And the IPCC is now due to hand over a further file of evidence relating to a further nine police officers of the rank of Superintendent and above.

The CPS said its initial investigation had focused on allegations that officers dealing with a protected witness and their immediate superiors had perverted the course of justice by failing to record and report that the witness had potentially stolen a sum of money. Simon Orme, a specialist lawyer from the CPS, said: "To prove an offence of perverting the course of justice the prosecution would need to demonstrate that the failure to document the potential theft was a deliberate act intended to pervert the course of justice.

"The only evidence to support the allegation that the five officers conspired together to pervert the course of justice by collectively agreeing to omit details of alleged theft is statements allegedly made by one officer to another.

"I have determined that these would not be admissible as hearsay evidence and there is no other evidence to support the allegations. "We await the submission of a complete file of evidence in relation to the second part of this investigation."

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