Tragic mum: Police face response probe

THE Independent Police Complaints Commission today pledged to “look carefully” at Suffolk police's response to mother-of-three Mary Griffiths' call for help before she was found with fatal injuries in her home.

THE Independent Police Complaints Commission today pledged to “look carefully” at Suffolk police's response to mother-of-three Mary Griffiths' call for help before she was found with fatal injuries in her home.

The IPCC confirmed it was investigating contact between Suffolk police and Ms Griffiths, 38, who died following an incident at her home in Bury St Edmunds earlier this week.

A 40-year-old man was arrested shortly afterwards but is no longer under police arrest after he was sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

An IPCC spokesman said: “Mary Griffiths telephoned police at around 6pm on the evening prior to her death to inform them she was being harassed by a man.


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“She was found seriously injured at her home in Bull Rush Crescent in Bury St Edmunds early on the morning of Wednesday 6 May 2009.

“She was taken to West Suffolk Hospital but died there a short time later.

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“The IPCC received a referral from Suffolk Constabulary following the death of Mary Griffiths, and IPCC investigators completed a scene assessment yesterday.

“Investigators will now consider the response of Suffolk police to the contact from Mary Griffiths prior to her death.”

IPCC Commissioner Len Jackson said: “People will be understandably shocked and concerned by this vicious attack on a woman in her own home.

“It is important that we look carefully at how the police chose to respond to contact from Mary Griffiths prior to her death.

“We will therefore carry out a full and independent investigation into the police response, and we will make our findings public as soon as possible.”

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