Police were told Bow woman was in danger nine days before she was found dead
Police officers are being investigated after a woman was stabbed to death in her home – despite them being warned nine days earlier that her life was in danger.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating the actions of the two Tower Hamlets officers, who visited the Bow home of Lucinda Port, 29, on April 17, after a friend contacted police to express concerns about her welfare.
The discovery of her partner Paul Wright’s body, found hanged from a tree in Weavers Fields, Bethnal Green, seven days later, led police back to her flat in Brymay Close last Tuesday, when she was found dead from stab wounds.
The IPCC investigation centres around reports that Ms Port had told her friend that Mr Wright was at her home on April 17, in breach of his bail conditions. The matter was reported to police but, when officers arrived, he had already left.
The watchdog will now investigate what action was then taken by the officers.
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Murder police have linked the two deaths and have not made any other arrests.
Police have confirmed that they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.
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Neighbours told the Advertiser that they had witnessed fights between the couple and said that the police had previously been called to their address.
A neighbour said yesterday that he had since spoken with a close friend of Ms Port’s who said she believes she was killed on Good Friday – four days before her body was discovered.
He said the friend called for Ms Port that morning but was told by Mr Wright that she had gone back to bed.
The friend reportedly received text messages from Ms Port’s phone saying that she had gone away. They stopped when Mr Wright’s body was found onEaster Sunday.
The neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said Ms Port had been placed in her home by Tower Hamlets Homeless Persons Unit four or five years previously.
He said: “That girl possibly could have been saved. It’s such a waste.”
The police investigation under the Homicide and Serious Crime Command unit continues.