Six officers face investigation in Jayden Parkinson inquiry

Jayden Parkinson

Jayden Parkinson

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SIX police officers are now under investigation over how the disappearance of murdered teen Jayden Parkinson was handled.

The 17-year-old was murdered by her violent ex-boyfriend Ben Blakeley in December and her body was found in a grave two weeks after she was reported missing.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has launched an investigation into Thames Valley Police’s actions from the day Jayden was reported missing on December 3, and whether appropriate risk assessments were made.

The police watchdog has now served misconduct notices on three constables and three sergeants, meaning they will be interviewed by IPCC investigators over possible misconduct.

The investigation into one of the constables came after a complaint from Jayden’s mother that the force did not react appropriately when dealing with her daughter in the months before she disappeared.

IPCC spokeswoman Caroline Craig refused to give any details on the nature of the allegations against the officers.

But she said: “The notices are split between the investigation into the force’s response to Jayden being reported missing, and the investigation into complaints that we have received.

“We have now served an additional notice of investigation – three sergeants and three police constables are under misconduct investigation.”

Blakeley, 22, was last month sentenced to a minimum of 20 years in prison for murdering her and burying her body in his uncle’s grave in Didcot.

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