Ipswich: Murder probes referred to police complaints commission

THE Independent Complaints Commission (IPCC) has turned down a voluntary request by Suffolk Constabulary to conduct an investigation after the death of alleged murder victim Alison Studd.

Police had contact with Miss Studd in the days leading up to her sustaining fatal stab wounds at a property in Withipoll Street.

A police spokesman said it was standard procedure to voluntarily refer the matter to the IPCC.

However, the commission has since informed Suffolk Constabulary it feels the investigation should remain a local police matter.

John Grimwood, 28, of no fixed abode, is currently remanded in custody after being charged with Alison Studd’s murder.

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He is due to appear at Ipswich Crown Court on April 28.

A 29-year-old man and a 59-year-old woman also arrested in connection with Miss Studd’s death have are currently on bail until March 29.

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A similar voluntary referral was also made to the IPCC in January in relation to the death of Martin Edwards on Christmas Eve in Piper’s Court in Old Foundry Road, Ipswich.

Officers went to the flats within 24 hours of his death.

An investigation was requested to ensure the policing of the case was proportionate and within the expected code of practice. The IPCC has confirmed a supervised investigation will be conducted.

Three people are currently remanded in court custody after having been charged with Mr Edwards’ murder.

Patrick Heggarty, a 51-year-old unemployed man from Limerick Close, Ipswich, 37-year-old unemployed Christopher Page of no fixed address, and 28-year-old unemployed Timothy Bailey, also of no fixed are due to appear at Ipswich Crown Court on March 11.

A 36-year-old woman is currently on police bail until March 9, pending further enquiries.

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