IPCC investigation focused on dropped call

The Ding's home in Wootton
The call came from the house on Pioneer Close Photo: ITV Anglia

The report by the Independent Police Complaints Commission examined the handling of that 999 call made from the Ding’s home in Wootton in Northamptonshire on the day they were murdered.

Screams could be heard during the call on the 29th April last year – the same day as the royal wedding – but then the line went dead. The bodies of Jifeng Ding, his wife Helen Chui and their daughters Xing, aged 18, and Alice, aged 12 were discovered 2 days later on the 1st May.

The IPCC has been investigating whether operators missed an opportunity to trace the dropped call. The report due to be published at 2 o’clock this afternoon, is expected to criticise Northamptonshire Police – although the force has since restructured its control room. The report will be published along with a statement from the Ding’s relatives.

The main suspect Anxiang Du still is still on the run, and police are working on the theory that’s he’s left the country. They believe the former business partner of Helen Chui murdered the family following a long running financial dispute.