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Investigation launched as body discovered day after a 999 call

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has launched an investigation into the contact between Warwickshire Police and a 44-year-old woman prior to the discovery of her body.

Warwickshire Police received an emergency call at 8.13 pm on the 24th October 2012, the call ended before the caller left any details. The police operator called the line back and spoke to two men and a woman who then said their location.

The next morning around 11.00 am, the police were called to the same address by the ambulance service who had found the woman's body in the house.

"The investigation is examining the actions and decisions of control room staff, supervisors and police officers and whether force procedures and policies were followed in relation to contact with the occupants of Briar Close on the evening of 24 October 2012.

"An investigator has made contact with the woman’s family to explain our role. My thoughts are with them at this difficult time.”

– Rachel Cerfontyne, IPCC Commissioner

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Fingertip search being carried out on A444 in Warwickshire after body found

The A444 near Nuneaton is closed in both directions while officers investigate the scene Credit: ITV Central

A fingertip search is being carried out on the northbound carriageway of the A444 near Nuneaton, after the discovery of a man's body earlier today.

Police believe the man may have been struck by a vehicle.

Significant police presence on the A444 near Nuneaton Credit: ITV Central

A444 in Nuneaton closed after man believed to be hit by vehicle

Police are appealing for help from the public after the body of a man was found on the A444 near Nuneaton this morning (2 September).

Officers were called to the northbound carriageway by a passing motorist at 06.35.

Warwickshire Police say they are treating the death as unexplained but believe the man had been struck by a vehicle.

The identity of the man has been confirmed and family are currently being informed.The A444 remains closed in both directions from the junction with the M6 to Griff Roundabout and motorists are advised to make alternative travel arrangements.

It is unknown when the road will reopen.

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Row over investigation into deaths of four fire fighters from Warwickshire

A row has broken out over an investigation into the deaths of four fire fighters from Warwickshire. The men died in a warehouse fire in 2007 but yesterday their bosses were cleared of manslaughter.

The detective who dealt with the case told Central Tonight that the investigation was hampered by a union representing the fire service.

Families of firefighters killed in a fire five years ago talk about their loss.

Fay Yates Badley the widow of Darren Yates Badley talks at a news conference held at Warwickshire Police headquarters this morning.

The four firemen died when they were sent into a burning building in Atherstone on Stour in 2007.

Yesterday their three bosses were cleared of their manslaughter by gross negligence.

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Fire officers acquitted of manslaughter in fire trial

Three senior fire officers have been cleared of the manslaughter by gross negligence of four of their colleagues who died after being sent in to fight a fire five years ago.

The prosecution said the senior officers - who were in charge of the fire fighting operation - shouldn't have sent the men in because there was no one inside the building to be saved.

Warwickshire Police has criticised the fire service for not being helpful enough during the investigation. The fire service has denied this and is now writing to the home office demanding an investigation into why the three men were charged.

Fire officers read a statement outside court

Tim Woodward (centre) and Adrian Ashley (right) were acquitted of their charges with gross negligence manslaughter in February last year following a criminal inquiry into the deaths of four fire fighters

A third defendant, Paul Simmons (left), was acquitted of manslaughter on the directions of the judge part-way through the trial.

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