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Man jailed for vigilante murder

Lee James, who murdered disabled Bijan Ebrahimi in a vigilante attack in Bristol, has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 18 years. James wrongly accused of Ebrahimi of being a paedophile before beating him to death and burning his body.

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Chief Constable: There was a collective failure

Avon and Somerset Chief Constable Nick Gargan said today that there was a "collective failure" on the part of statutory agencies and others to protect vigilante murder victim Bijan Ebrahimi.

Nick Gargan: We need to have some frank and candid local discussions with our partners and our communities. Credit: PA

"We still await their [IPCC] report and therefore it is not appropriate for me to say more about that police response...Nevertheless, notwithstanding that outcome it is clear that there was a collective failure on the part of statutory agencies and others to protect Mr Ebrahimi."

"...We cannot wait for all the various external investigative processes to run their course before we start learning lessons for the future. We need to have some frank and candid local discussions with our partners and our communities about what we collectively can do to stop this happening again."

Three police officers have been served with gross misconduct notices and are currently suspended while a further two have been served with misconduct notices but remain at work, Avon and Somerset Police said.

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