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Scout Association referred to police over boy’s death on 2018 trip

The Scout Association and one of its employees have been referred to police by a coroner for investigation for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice following an inquest into the death of a 16-year-old boy.

Ben Leonard, 16, from Stockport, Greater Manchester, fell 200ft off a cliff while on a Scout trip to North Wales in 2018.

He suffered a serious head injury after the fall at Great Orme in Llandudno on 26 August 2018.

Ben and two friends took a different path to their peers and were unsupervised by Scout leaders who had “lost” the trio.

A jury found Ben was unlawfully killed after a two-month inquest at Manchester Civil Courts of Justice.

Juries cannot name any individuals in conclusions for legal reasons.

David Pojur, assistant coroner for North Wales east and central has referred the Scout Association and an employee to North Wales Police.

The force will investigate for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

The employee cannot be named due to a court order and no further details on that matter can be reporter.

Jurors were not told about the police referral and the media were ordered not to report it until the jury reached their conclusions.

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