Police watchdog probe death of Dudley woman

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Mother-of-three Yasmin Akhtar found dead at home

THE Independent Police complaints Commission is to hold an investigation into the contact police officers had with a Dudley woman over a period leading up to her death.

Yasmin Akhtar, 24, was found dead at her home in Netherton in the early hours of 30 November.

The mother-of-three sustained a head trauma. A man has since been charged with her murder.

The IPCC said police had contact with Mrs Akhtar several times in the weeks prior to her death because of concern she was at risk from domestic violence.

Police and a number of agencies were involved in assessing the appropriate level of risk, and taking measures to support her.

West Midlands Police referred her death to the IPCC on 2 December, and an IPCC investigator was deployed to carry out an initial assessment.

An investigation will be conducted by the professional standards department of West Midlands police, managed by the IPCC.

IPCC Commissioner Len Jackson said: “This is a very sad case in which a young woman has lost her life, and three young children have lost their mother.

“The victim was identified as being at risk of domestic violence and, from initial assessment, it appears some significant work was done by police with other agencies to offer and provide support to her.

“I feel it is appropriate to carry out an investigation to review how risk was assessed and what steps were taken in this case. We need to ensure police did act in accordance with force policies, and that any possible lessons from this sad case are learned.”

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