The mother of a teenage girl murdered by her Solihull father called police 102 times over concerns about him before she died, police watchdogs have revealed.
But investigators found there was a tendency for some officers to characterise desperate Jayne Jones’ concerns and allegations as her “tending to over-react”.
Gary Fisher, who had a history of violence, turned on teenage daughter Chanelle Sasha Jones, stabbing her 22 times as she sat in the passenger seat of his car in August last year.
After stabbing Chanelle, Fisher drove around west Wales with the body of the 17-year-old in his car for ten hours until stopped by police.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission ruled officers from Dyfed Powys Police had acted correctly in how they responded to reports of her disappearance.
However, it found four officers had not taken appropriate action in dealing with some of her mother’s numerous previous reports of concerns over her estranged partner. Four constables will be subject of “management intervention” for the way they dealt with some of these reports, IPCC Commissioner for Wales Tom Davies said.
The report revealed that officers had also failed to act when it was discovered Fisher was wanted for a serious assault elsewhere.
Mr Davies said: “The many times that the force dealt with Sasha’s mother with previous interactions were not all carried out in accordance with best practice and policy for dealing with reports of possible domestic abuse.
“This is one of those cases where the force was called out on numerous occasions and there was a tendency for some officers to characterise some of Sasha’s mother’s concerns and allegations as her ‘tending to over-react.’
“There is no suggestion that these individual errors had any impact on Fisher’s later actions when he murdered Sasha.
“However, domestic abuse is a difficult area for the police service and it is imperative officers take allegations seriously and properly record and act on intelligence reports.”
Fisher was jailed life in March with a minimum 20 years in jail.
Dyfed Powys Police Deputy Chief Constable Jackie Roberts said: “We have noted the findings of the independent IPCC investigation and acknowledge that there are areas in relation to the historic involvement with the family which could have been dealt with better.”