Hammer attack woman 'let down' by police, says watchdog

A woman, who was attacked by her partner with a claw hammer, was consistently 'let down' by South Wales Police, according to an Independent Police Complaints Commission report.

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Hammer attack woman 'let down' by police

An Independent Police Complaints Commission investigation has found that a woman, who was hospitalised after being attacked by her partner with a claw hammer, was let down by a 'consistent thread of low level performance' by South Wales Police officers and members of staff.

The investigation found that the force failed to access, and to process, relevant information appropriately, and did not make the woman aware of the risks that the man - who was a registered sex offender with a record of violence - presented to her and her young children.

We found that, following the initial assault, the police did not give this case any urgency or priority. No one took overall supervision and this failure to 'join the dots' effectively put this woman and her children at serious risk.

South Wales Police has the systems and intelligence in place to flag up the danger that this offender presented, but, at various stages, officers failed to access that information and to assess the risk properly.

The force has accepted our findings and recognises that it placed the woman, and her young children, at unacceptable risk.

– IPCC Commissioner Jan Williams

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