Sunday, 07 February 2016

Police failed mother who killed herself and disabled daughter

Police are to face disciplinary action for failing to take ‘sufficient action’ to protect a woman who killed herself and her disabled daughter after years of abuse.

Fiona Pilkington, from Leicestershire, killed herself and 18-year-old Francecca Hardwick in October 2007 after suffering years of anti-social behaviour from youths.

Despite police receiving 33 complaints over 10 years, the Independent Police Complaints Commission discovered no ASBOs were ever applied for and information was not properly shared with partners such as the council and housing associations.

Police also failed to highlight the family as vulnerable and often closed reports ‘without any record of action having been taken, and without any supervising officer checking matters had been dealt with satisfactorily.’

Warning letters were sent to the troublemakers and acceptable behaviour contracts issued but action was not co-ordinated between police and Hinckley and Bosworth Council, the report said.

Weekly Information Sharing and Tasking Forums were organised with police and partners to discuss problem families and anti social behaviour issues and put in place action plans to deal with those causing the problems.

According to the report, families of the youths who were targeting Ms Pilkington and her family all lived in social housing and were regularly highlighted as troublemakers.

Despite numerous officers being aware of Ms Pilkington and her family’s complaints, their case was never highlighted.

IPCC Commissioner Amerdeep Somal said: ‘I struggle to see what more Fiona could have done. She did all the right things. She informed the police and other agencies involved with her family of the on-going problems.

‘She did as she was told and she even kept a diary and records of the incidents. She was not alone in drawing her family’s plight to police attention.’

Two Pcs, one sergeant and one inspector will now face misconduct hearings.

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