A police force was condemned by an official report last night for its "abysmal" handling of the case of a talented young showjumper who was murdered by her jealous ex-boyfriend after a campaign of harassment.
The police watchdog identified a catalogue of failings in the way Derbyshire Police dealt with complaints made by keen horsewoman Tania Moore in the weeks and months before was she rammed off the road by gun fanatic Mark Dyche. Miss Moore’s mother Stella said that if the police had dealt with her daughter’s case properly then she "would still be alive today".
"I hold the police responsible for failing to protect Tania and ultimately her death," she said, shortly after the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) unveiled its damning findings. Derbyshire Police announced that one of its detective constables had been sacked, a detective inspector demoted and four other officers given reprimands following a disciplinary inquiry into their conduct.
Commissioner Amerdeep Somal said the watchdog’s inquiry had revealed that Miss Moore had told police on at least six occasions of problems she was experiencing with Dyche.
The IPCC said the actions of all six officers amounted to a "dereliction of duty".