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Investigation into prior police contact with Denise Rosser concludes

An Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) investigation into prior police contact with murder victim Denise Rosser has found no evidence officers breached the standards of professional behaviour.

Denise Rosser was murdered by her partner Simon Winstone at her home in Lewis Street, Bedlinog on Tuesday, 29 May 2018.

There was a long history of police contact with Ms Rosser who was repeatedly assessed as ‘high risk’ in the years leading to her death.

Between August 2015 and May 2017, 11 domestic abuse incidents were reported to South Wales Police. Ms Rosser’s case was also discussed at a MARAC meeting in June 2016.

Our investigation looked at whether incidents brought to the attention of South Wales Police between 24 May 2018 and 29 May 2018 were appropriately prioritised, resourced and progressed and whether officers complied with relevant local and national policies and procedures.

We found no evidence that any officer breached the standards of professional behaviour but found a performance issue for one call handler who wrongly directed a welfare call to Gwent Police as Bedlinog is on the border of the two forces.

We also found some slight areas for improvement in relation to officers’ record keeping and how they completed a DASH risk assessment.

Director for Wales Catrin Evans said: “My thoughts remain with Ms Rosser’s family and friends following her tragic death.

“We carried out a thorough investigation and found no evidence officers breached the standards expected of them during their handling of a number of domestic abuse incidents prior to Ms Rosser’s murder.”

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