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Police watchdog says communication failings led to murder of Wrexham man Nicholas Churton

A police watchdog has identified significant failings which led to the murder of Nicholas Churton by Jordan Davidson in 2017.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct said "ad hoc" information sharing between North Wales Police and the National Probation Services "significantly contributed to the sequence of events."

Nicholas Churton was killed with a machete and hammer at his Wrexham home in 2017 by Jordan Davidson, who had previous convictions but had been released from Parc Prison on licence.

North Wales Police officers responded to 8 incidents involving Davidson between his release from prison and the death of Mr Churton.

These incidents included arrests for theft, breach of peace and the possession of a bladed weapon.

Davidson was on police bail for a knife offence at the time of the killing.

Jordan Davidson is serving a 30-year sentence for murder. Credit: North Wales Police

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said North Wales Police, National Probation Service and the Community Rehabilitation services must improve information sharing.

The ad hoc liaison arrangements between North Wales Police and the CRC have significantly contributed to the sequence of events. There was no documented process, clear audit or specific guidance for those dealing with incidents involving Jordan Davidson and the decision to engage with the CRC was left to the discretion and experience of individual officers, with varying results.

– Catrin Evans, Director for Wales, IOPC

The IOPC said a police sergeant will face a misconduct meeting for misconduct for "not carrying out adequate assessment of available information" prior the Davidson's release on bail.

North Wales Police said they accept the IOPC recommendations and will make "necessary organisational improvements."

The IOPC has, quite rightly, conducted thorough investigations into our interactions with the victim, Mr Nicholas Churton, and the offender, Jordan Davidson.

We have fully engaged with the IOPC throughout their investigations and have been absolutely determined to learn from this tragic incident.

Having done so, I accept in full the IOPC recommendations. We have been working hard to deliver upon them and make any necessary organisational improvements.

We will continue to do so in the light of the most recent report and recommendations.

– DCC Richard Debicki, North Wales Police

North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones said he will work closely with the Chief Constable to deliver improvements.

This was a tragic incident and I would like to extend my sympathies to Mr Churton’s family.

In the meantime I recognise and fully accept the findings of the report and I know that the Force has already begun to implement its recommendations and I will be working closely with the Chief Constable to make sure that the necessary improvements are carried out.

– Arfon Jones, North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner

This press release confirms what I feared – that systemic failings in our police and probation system led to the release of Jordan Davidson from police custody in March 2017, leaving him free to murder Nicholas Churton in his Wrexham home.

However, the release does not go far enough. It fails to explain why the initial North Wales Police (NWP) and IPCC actions did not include an immediate inquiry into the release by the police of Davidson while he was on licence and why that issue was not addressed until I had raised it with NWP and the IOPC. I believe that the facts upon which this report is based would not have seen the light of day if we had relied on the statutory agencies and the systemic failings identified would never have been addressed.

– Ian Lucas, former MP for Wrexham