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Thames Valley Police response to 'Jayden' criticism

Jayden Parkinson had visited the police a number of times before she was murdered by her former boyfriend Photo:

The Thames Valley Police force has responded to criticism of the way it handled its dealings with teenager Jayden Parkinson, who was murdered by her former boyfriend.

The 17-year-old had visited the police a number of times before she was killed. A report published by the Independent Police Complaints Commission today found that a failure to record information from her earlier visits to the police properly, had impeded the reaction to her disappearance. She was not identified as a high risk missing person until days after she was first reported missing.

"Jayden Parkinson had already been murdered by Ben Blakeley when she was reported missing and therefore the actions the police should have taken could not have prevented her tragic death."

– IPCC ASSOCIATE COMMISSIONER GUIDO LIGUORI

In a statement the force said that it had cooperated fully with the IPCC investigation and had turned the case over to the watchdog 10 days after Jayden was reported missing.

“First and foremost our thoughts remain with Jayden’s family and friends as they have throughout.

“We thank the IPCC for its thorough investigation and we fully accept the findings in their report.

“The IPCC’s investigation focussed on the Force’s actions between Jayden being reported missing and the time when the investigation was handed to the major crime unit for investigation as well as earlier police contact with Jayden.

“We have now held a number of misconduct meetings with three constables and a police community support officer (PCSO) in October this year. Two officers received a final written warning, the third received a written warning and the case against the PCSO was not proven.

"Sadly, Jayden Parkinson had already been murdered by Ben Blakeley when she was reported missing and therefore TVP could not have prevented her tragic death. We are determined however to act upon any lessons to be learnt.

"Jayden’s family continue to go through an incredibly difficult time, and I again offer my condolences to them.”

– Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead, Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police has said it will address recommendations made by the IPCC.

Meanwhile the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children’s Board has commissioned a serious case review that has been combined with a domestic homicide review because of the circumstances surrounding the case. Thames Valley Police say they are cooperating with the review and implement anything learned from the conclusions.