Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Landlord received no warning ahead of double murder

A landlord said it received no warning from partners that a tenant and her daughter who were shot and killed had complained to police of harassment.

Christine Chambers, 38, and Shania, two, were found dead in their Greenfields Community Housing Association home in Braintree, Essex, on Monday 6 June. Another daughter escaped through the window.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission launched an investigation after it emerged Essex Police had received reports from Ms Chambers for a period spanning two years.

The most recent report came to officers on 27 May and concerned Ms Chambers complaining of being pestered and harassed.

Greenfields told Inside Housing that if a tenant of theirs has called police with an accusation of harassment or violence they are always told.

A Greenfields spokesperson said: ‘The murders are currently being investigated by the police and Greenfields will co-operate fully with their enquiries.

‘Nobody at Greenfields has received any reports of harassment or domestic abuse from the tenant or from any other agency about the tenant.

‘We were shocked and saddened to hear the news and we would like to send our deepest sympathies to family, friends and neighbours of the victims.’

The IPCC’s investigation will look at police involvement in the case.

Rachel Cerfontyne, IPCC commissioner, said: ‘At this stage, it is too early to say whether police responded appropriately to each incident and this is something that will take time to establish, but we will make our findings public as soon as we are able.’

A 50-year-old man is under armed guard in hospital where he is being treated for gunshot wounds. Police said they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

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