Police chief demands review after rape complainant's death

Manchester's police and crime commissioner calls for an urgent "root and branch reform" of how alleged victims and witnesses are treated after a woman fell to her death from a Rochdale car park days after a man accused of raping her was acquitted.

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Woman in fatal fall after defendant cleared in trial

A woman has fallen to her death from a Rochdale shopping centre car park roof just days after a defendant had been acquitted in a trial in which she had been the complainant.

Police were called today to the Wheatsheaf Shopping Centre after reports of a woman on the roof at 10.10am, but despite attempts to help her, she was later seen to fall.

She was taken to hospital but died as a result of her injuries.

The Wheatsheaf Shopping Centre in Rochdale is indicated with a red marker Credit: Google Maps

The trial had concluded on Friday.

Greater Manchester Police has launched an investigation to establish the circumstances surrounding her death.

The matter has also been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

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