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Update: IPCC investigation following the death of Ellen Higginbottom in Wigan

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating the actions of three Greater Manchester Police (GMP) radio operators prior to the death of Ellen Higginbottom.

Ellen, 18, was reported missing having not returned from college on 16 June this year. She was found deceased at Orrell Water Park in the early hours of the following morning. Mark Buckley, 51, was jailed for life for her murder on 14 September.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation, which is ongoing, is looking at the response by GMP to the missing person report and their actions up until the discovery of Ellen.

Based on the evidence collected so far, the IPCC lead investigator has decided there is an indication of misconduct by three radio operators at GMP. They have been notified.

Interviews with key police witnesses will also take place over the coming weeks.

IPCC Commission Delegate Andy Riley said: “The investigation is making good progress. I would like to thank Ellen’s family for their continued assistance with this investigation. We are providing them with regular updates, and our thoughts remain with them as we continue our work.”

Note to Editor: Misconduct notices do not imply guilt but are to inform officers or police staff that their conduct is under investigationand the level of severity.


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