29 Apr 2019

Police failed to link stalking reports before woman’s death

Senior Home Affairs Correspondent

Police were warned 34 times of a stalker who repeatedly breached a court order designed to stop him communicating with his ex-partner, yet at no time was Nicholas Allen ever charged.

In the end he drove his former girlfriend Justene Reece to kill herself after making 3,500 calls to her mobile in just six months. Last year in a legal first he pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was jailed for 10 years.

In a report out today Staffordshire Police has been criticised for multiple failures, but no officer will face misconduct charges. Its deputy chief constable has told this programme “we did not listen to her as a victim”.