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Anita Kapoor murder: Call handlers to be disciplined

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Image caption Anita Kapoor's body was discovered in a lay-by near Gerrards Cross by a member of the public

A police officer and three emergency call handlers are facing disciplinary action over a 999 call about a woman who was later found murdered.

Anita Kapoor, 34, was found strangled in a lay-by on the A413 at Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, in June 2015.

Navin Mohan, 35, of no fixed address, was jailed for life for her murder.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has investigated the way the call was handled and recommends action against staff.

Misconduct meetings

The trial heard that Ms Kapoor's boyfriend Stanley Flanders had called her mobile phone and heard her pleading for her life.

After making a string of attempts to contact her mobile phone, and fearing for her safety, he dialled 999.

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Image caption Anita Kapoor's body was found in a layby on the A413

The IPCC said one call handler is accused of gross misconduct over how it was dealt with.

Another handler and a call supervisor will have "misconduct meetings", as will a police constable.

The watchdog did not reveal the findings of its investigation into the handling of the case.

Ms Kapoor, from Hayes in London, who was a sex worker, was killed by Mohan who had picked her up in his car.

Delivery driver Mohan was jailed for life for her murder.

IPCC Commissioner Cindy Butts said: "We have conducted a thorough investigation into the police response to the emergency call which was made on the morning of Ms Kapoor's death.

"We have discussed our report with the Metropolitan Police and agreed that four staff members should face misconduct proceedings, which will take place in due course. Our sympathy remains with Ms Kapoor's family and friends."

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