Police investigated over handling of 'deviant' killer

Police have asked to be investigated by another force over their handling of a sexually deviant young man who went on to murder a popular teenager.

West Mercia Police outside an address which was once lived in by Jamie Reynolds. Credit: PA

Jamie Reynolds, 23, is serving a whole life sentence after he admitted to the murder of 17-year-old Georgia Williams at his home in Wellington, Shropshire, in May last year.

West Mercia Police asked Devon and Cornwall Police to look at its handling of previous run-ins it had had with Reynolds and find out whether its own investigations "fell short of what is expected".

In court it emerged Reynolds had been cautioned by police in 2008 for trying to strangle another girl when he was 17.

Georgia's father - a serving detective with the West Mercia force - told the judge during the trial: "We've been damned by evil to endure this sorrow and misery to the end of our natural lives."