Essex Police criticised in murder case

A report by a police watchdog has criticised Essex Police for failing to protect a woman murdered by her ex-partner.

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Maria Stubbings murder: Report identifies police failings

Maria Stubbings was murdered by her ex-partner

Essex Police has been criticised for failing to protect a woman who was murdered by her ex-partner.

Maria Stubbings, 50, was stranged by Marc Chivers at her home in Chelmsford in 2008.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission says the force missed opportunities to protect her.

Her family is now calling for a public inquiry into how the police deal with domestic violence.

Marc Chivers has been jailed for life

In a statement, Essex Police says it is acting on the report's recommendations.

Chivers was jailed for life for Ms Stubbings' murder.

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