Police take no action over death of lawyer hit by William Hill sign in Camden Town

Jacob Marx and girlfriend Natalie Chung

Jacob Marx and girlfriend Natalie Chung - Credit: Archant

Police have decided not to bring criminal charges over the tragic death of a young lawyer who was killed by a falling William Hill shop sign.

The scene of the tragedy

The scene of the tragedy - Credit: Archant

New Zealander Jacob Marx, 27, was struck by the 30ft metal sign as he walked past the bookmaker in Camden Road, Camden Town, on Monday, January 28. He died in hospital a short time later.

Detectives were looking into the matter after being passed a report of a Camden Council investigation.

Their decision not to take any action came on the advice of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) after a pre-inquest review hearing held at St Pancras Coroner’s Court last Monday (October 6).

A two-week jury inquest is scheduled to begin on January 12.


You may also want to watch:


A Camden police spokesman said: “Officers did seek advice from the CPS with regard to possible charges. It was deemed by the CPS that the threshold for charges was not met in relation to this incident.”

However, the coroner could refer the matter back to police in the event of a ruling of unlawful killing.

Most Read

A spokesman for Camden Council said its health and safety team continues to investigate.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter