Essex Police watchdog probe over delayed arrest

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Image caption The man was not arrested and charged until he was reported for a third time to police

A police watchdog has launched an inquiry into why officers in Essex took a month to arrest a man for breaking a restraining order.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said a woman reported in May the man went to her home and made contact on social media.

The man was arrested a month later when the Southend woman went to police for a third time and he was then charged.

Essex Police referred the case to the agency.

IPCC commissioner Mary Cunneen said: "The investigation will be looking at whether officers complied with the relevant policies and guidelines."

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