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Georgia Williams murder: Officers face misconduct hearings

Jamie Reynolds Image copyright West Mercia Police
Image caption Jamie Reynolds was described in court as a sexual deviant and a potential serial killer

Three officers and a member of police staff are facing misconduct hearings over their handling of murderer Jamie Reynolds.

Reynolds admitted killing 17-year-old Georgia Williams, from Wellington, in a sexually motivated attack in 2013.

An inquiry found three officers at West Mercia Police have a "case to answer" in relation to earlier incidents involving Reynolds.

He had been cautioned in 2008 after trying to strangle a teenage girl.

Devon and Cornwall Police, which led the investigation, said its files had been passed on to West Mercia to handle misconduct proceedings.

Five further officers have no case to answer, the inquiry found, although two of them will face management action.

West Mercia Police said it would be inappropriate to comment until the misconduct meetings had concluded.

A serious case review involving all agencies who had contact with Reynolds is expected to be published by the summer.

'Morbid fascination'

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) had asked West Mercia to carry out its own investigation, but the force argued a different police authority should look into it.

At the time, Georgia's mother Lynette called on the IPCC to launch a full investigation. She said officers should have realised Reynolds was dangerous after he attacked his first victim.

She said the 2008 attack "mirrored" that of Georgia.

Stafford Crown Court was told the 23-year-old had a "morbid fascination" with depictions of extreme violence and was a potential serial killer.

The court heard he lured Georgia back to his home on Avondale Road in Wellington, before he committed her "carefully planned" murder and dumped her body in woodland off the Nant-y-Garth pass near Wrexham.

He was ordered to spend the rest of his life in jail in December 2013.

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