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IPCC to investigate officers on Swindon stabbing case

Alison Connolly was found at the bottom of a stairwell in Swindon after being stabbed. Credit: Family

Wiltshire Police have referred their own officers to the Independent Police Complaints Commission over their handling of the Alison Connolly murder case, because they were in contact with her before her death.

Police say the IPCC referral was mandatory in these circumstances, and that there will be an independent investigation.

The 49-year-old mother was stabbed to death in Swindon last week. Sisters Charice Gassman, 19, and Amberstasia Gassman, 23, appeared in court yesterday charged with her murder.


Sisters in court over Swindon stabbing murder

Alison Connolly was found at the bottom of a stairwell in Swindon. Credit: Family

Two sisters have appeared in court charged with the murder of a woman in Swindon.

Alison Connolly, 49, died following an attack in Park South last Tuesday. 19-year-old Charice Gassman and Amberstasia Gassman, 23, appeared at Bristol Crown Court this morning.

The hearing was adjourned until next month, and the pair have been remanded in custody.

Two charged with murder of Alison Connolly in Swindon

Alison Connolly was found at the bottom of a stairwell in Swindon Credit: ITV News

Two women have been charged with murder following the stabbing of Alison Connolly in Swindon.

The 49-year-old was found at the bottom of a stairwell by police called to reports of a disturbance last week. 19 year old Charice Gassman, and Amberstasia Gassman, who is 23, appeared before Swindon magistrates today.

Family of stab victim Alison Connolly release picture

Alison Connolly was stabbed to death in Swindon on Tuesday Credit: ITV News

The family of Alison Connolly, who was stabbed to death in Swindon on Tuesday, have released a picture of her.

Police are continuing to hold three women in custody on suspicion of her murder.

The 49 year old was stabbed following a serious assault in a communal area at the bottom of a stairway in Evelyn House on Tuesday afternoon.

The police have until late tonight to charge or release the three women.


Body found by police searching for missing woman

A body, thought to be that of missing Swindon woman Julie Peters, has been found in a canal in Gloucester

Police searching for a missing woman from Swindon have found a body in a canal in Gloucester. The body was found yesterday (Thursday 14 May) near Kaskelot Way in the Monkmill Dock area.

While formal identification has not yet taken place, police have informed Julie's next of kin and the coroner. The death is not being treated as suspicious.

Julie, who was 55 and from Hamble Road in Swindon, was last seen at her home address on Tuesday 5 May. Her red Ford Ka was later found parked in Tuffley Crescent, in Gloucester,

Pictures from the scene in Swindon where woman was fatally stabbed

A police cordon remains in place at a property in Swindon where a woman was fatally stabbed on Tuesday.

Three people have been arrested - all women aged 19, 19 and 23. A 36-hour extension of custody has been granted.

Flowers left at the scene in Cavendish Square Credit: Zachary Ockwell
Police have assured the local community that they believe it to be an isolated incident Credit: Zachary Ockwell

Police appeal for information after fatal stabbing in Swindon

Wiltshire Police are appealing for information after a fatal stabbing in Swindon.

Police were called to Evelyn House in Cavendish Square just before 4pm on Tuesday. There had been reports of a serious assault in the communal area at the bottom of the stairway.

The victim - who has not been formally identified - had suffered a serious stab wound. She was taken to the Great Western Hospital by ambulance but later died.

Three women aged 19, 19 and 23, have been arrested and remain in police custody.

We are treating this as a murder investigation and our thoughts remain with the victim's family at this difficult time.

A police cordon remains at the scene today while forensic examinations take place.

– Detective Inspector Tim Corner, Major Crime Investigation Team

Anyone who was in the Park North area on Tuesday between the hours of midday and 5pm, and who may have seen or heard anything suspicious is asked to contact the police.

I understand that the Parks community, as well as the wider Swindon community, will be concerned by this incident, however, I would like to reassure them that we believe this to be an isolated incident.

– Superintendent Andrew Carr
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