Police watchdog poised to publish murdered mum report

AN investigation into Suffolk police’s handling of a mother-of-three’s call for help just hours before her murder has been completed.

However the Independent Police Complaints Commission says it will not be publishing its report on Mary Griffiths – the mother-of-three shot with a bolt gun at her Bury St Edmunds home – until both Ms Griffiths’ family and the police have had a chance to respond.

The 38-year-old fitness instructor was shot with a bolt gun in front of her children last May.

Shortly before Christmas, 40-year-old John McFarlane, of Bockhill Road in Bury St Edmunds, was jailed for at least 20 years at Ipswich Crown Court for the attack at Ms Griffiths’ home in Bullrush Crescent, Bury.

The IPCC opened its investigation shortly after Ms Griffiths’ death when it emerged she had called the police just hours before her murder voicing concerns about McFarlane.


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Mark Pearson, spokesman for the IPCC, said: “The IPCC’s investigation has been completed and our findings are being shared with the police force and family members.

“We are now allowing a period of consideration and discussion with the family and Suffolk police before being in a position to publish the findings.”

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An investigation was also carried out by Suffolk Mental Health Partnership Trust after it emerged McFarlane had been seen by mental health workers shortly before he murdered Ms Griffiths.

The trust carried out its investigation and passed its findings onto NHS East of England. An NHS East of England spokesperson said: “The case is currently under consideration and a decision is expected soon on whether an independent report will be commissioned.”

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