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Former royal marine suspected of spying for China found dead

While on bail he was in contact with Thames Valley Police as he had to check in periodically at a police station.

Because of this contact before his death, the force referred to the police watchdog, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

The IOPC has decided that the matter should be investigated by Thames Valley Police’s Professional Standards Department.

Trickett previously worked at UK Border Force at Heathrow before joining the Home Office Immigration Service in February this year.

He was also listed as sole director of MTR Consultancy, which he founded in 2021, and described himself as a security consultant.

A neighbor described him as “nice and polite” but said he was “more out of the country than in.” The neighbor, who did not want to be named, said police had raided Mr. Trickett’s apartment on May 2 and officers broke down the door with a battering ram.

China had reacted angrily to the charges against him and the other two men.

Its embassy in London said: “We strongly condemn the UK’s unjustified accusation against the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.”

In court last Monday, the men were released on bail after District Judge Louisa Ciecora said they must comply with the 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew, report weekly to police, not travel abroad and report to the police about devices used to access the Internet.

Seven other men and a woman arrested in raids in Yorkshire and London have been released without charge.