Police 'failed' domestic abuse victims

Following a report into the failings of Essex Police in dealing with domestic violence the HMIC have published a series of recommendations.

Police officers.

Four arrested over fatal stabbing

Four people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a teenager was stabbed to death at a house party.

Live updates

Police launch manhunt after robber flees court

Police are looking for Ricky Kerry after he fled the court dock Credit: Essex Police

Police have launched a manhunt after a 19-year-old fled a court dock as a judge was about to send him to jail.

Unemployed Ricky Kerry ran from the dock at Southend Crown Court after being sentenced to 28 months in prison for robbery, Essex Police said.

A spokesman added: "He made off on foot at just after 12.45pm in the direction of Baxter Avenue. He was wearing a grey tracksuit and has brown eyes."

It is understood that Kerry, of Jones Close, Southend, escaped through heavy double doors at the entrance to the court and down two flights of stairs.

Security guards chased him but could not catch him.

Police said Kerry was being sentenced for a robbery in Sutton Road, Southend, in April in which he punched a man and took his mobile phone.

Anyone with information should contact Essex Police on 101.

Essex Police 'must do more to protect women from domestic abuse'

Essex Police has been told it must do more to protect women from abusive partners.

It follows strong criticism of the way the force handled three cases, in which women died. Maria Stubbings, Christine Chambers and Jeanette Goodwin were all murdered by their ex-partners.

Essex Police says it is committed to helping victims of domestic abuse and acknowledges that more needs to be done to streamline processes and improve communication.

Advertisement

National

HMIC: More action need to tackle domestic violence

Domestic abuse is a very serious crime, as the tragic cases of Maria Stubbings, Christine Chambers, her two-year-old daughter Shania and Jeanette Goodwin demonstrate. And it's absolutely vital the police get the handling of these cases right for victims.

Essex Police should be recognised for taking the positive step of asking for this issue to be reviewed, and the force has taken a number of important steps to address how domestic abuse cases are handled.

However, there is still more work to do to ensure that victims get the best possible service from their force.

– Zoe Billingham, HM Inspector of Constabulary
National

Essex Police 'committed on tackling domestic violence'

This report recognises the substantial steps that have been taken to make sure suspects are arrested at the earliest opportunity, that calls are dealt with quickly and that intelligence is developed to identify those at greatest risk.

But I also recognise that it highlights several areas where we need to streamline our processes, improve communication, and provide a better service to victims.

There has been some really positive work done so far and I have already acknowledged that there is still much work to be done.

We are very conscious that we must get our response right every single time.

We are committed to helping victims of domestic abuse and we would urge anyone suffering at the hands of a violent offender to contact us immediately.

– Essex Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh
National

Essex Police domestic abuse failings

Repeated failures in Essex Police's handling of reports of abuse were highlighted by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) following the cases of:

  • Maria Stubbings, a 50-year-old mother of two from Chelmsford, was strangled with a dog lead in 2008 by Chivers who also killed a previous girlfriend.
  • The IPCC found there was no assessment of the risk Chivers posed to Ms Stubbings and as a result she was not afforded proper protection.
  • Christine Chambers, 38, from Braintree, who was shot dead in 2011, along with her daughter Shania, by her ex-partner David Oakes.
  • Ms Chambers had been complaining about violence from Oakes for two years before the murders. The IPCC found the force's response was "inadequate".
  • Jeanette Goodwin, 47, was stabbed 30 times by Martin Bunch, 44, in 2011, in front of her husband at her home in Southend, Essex.
  • The IPCC found she received an "inadequate response" from Essex Police on the day of her murder, adding that the force did not recognise the need for urgent action.

Read more: Maria Stubbings murder - Report identifies police failings

Advertisement

National

Police force criticised over handling of domestic abuse

A police force in Essex, which failed four murder victims, has been criticised over their handing of domestic violence cases.

Repeated failures in Essex Police's handling of reports of abuse were highlighted by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Maria Stubbings was murdered by her ex-partner. Credit: PA

The report follows the 2008 killing of Maria Stubbings by her ex-boyfriend Marc Chivers, the 2011 fatal shootings of Christine Chambers and her two-year-old daughter Shania by David Oakes and the murder of Jeanette Goodwin at the hands of her ex eight weeks later.

In the report, HMIC inspectors said the force took steps to improve the way it handles such cases but said further work is needed to ensure the risks to victims are properly managed.

Read more: Maria Stubbings murder - Report identifies police failings

Man arrested over fatal Harlow fire

A 19 year man from Harlow was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of murder, attempted murder, arson and burglary by Essex Police investigating the fatal fire in Harlow last October that took the lives of six members of the Shakoor family.

He has been questioned about his involvement in the burglary and fatal fire at Barn Mead, Harlow on October 15, 2012 and has been bailed until June 27, while further enquiries are undertaken.

Load more updates

Advertisement

Today's top stories