Inquiry into police contact with Doncaster murder victim

Inquiry into police contact with Doncaster murder victim

Inquiry into police contact with Doncaster murder victim

An independent investigation has been launched into the degree and nature of contact between South Yorkshire Police and Doncaster murder victim Amy-Leanne Stringfellow prior to her death.

Amy-Leanne Stringfellow, 26, was found at a property in Dryden Road, Balby, on 5 June.

Paramedics and police officers attended the scene, but she was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

Terence Papworth, 45, has been charged with her murder.

He is due to appear in court in November.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has now launched an inquiry into South Yorkshire Police to look at prior contact with both Doncaster murder victim Amy-Leanne Stringfellow, and the suspect before the murder.

South Yorkshire Police referred themselves to the IOPC.

The investigation will examine police conduct leading up to and immediately after the incident.

IOPC regional director Miranda Biddle said:

“This is a tragic case where a young woman sadly lost her life and my thoughts are with her family.

“We will be considering the force’s response to incidents reported to them prior to Amy-Leanne’s death and whether there is any learning that can be identified.

“We have contacted Amy-Leanne’s family to explain our role and we will be keeping them regularly updated as our inquiries enquiries progress.”

Ms Stringfellow’s family are said to be aware of the investigation.

In a brief tribute, they said:

“Our hearts are broken and will never truly be repaired. You were beautiful and kind and inspired so many others.”

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