Lowestoft deaths: IPCC says no inquiry needed into Suffolk Police

Fiona Anderson Fiona Anderson, 23, died of head injuries at a car park in Gordon Road, Lowestoft

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A police force's dealings with a mother who died on the same day her three children were found dead will not be investigated by a watchdog.

Fiona Anderson, 23, died of head injuries at a car park in Gordon Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, on Monday.

Her children, named locally as Levina, three, Addy, two, and 11-month-old Kyden, were later found dead at home.

Suffolk Police had spoken to her via intercom that morning but were refused entry.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said officers would not have been able to foresee what happened.

'Tragic events'

Post-mortem tests revealed Ms Anderson died of severe head injuries consistent with a fall from a height.

All three of her children had been found dead at her home in London Road South. Further tests will be carried out to ascertain how they died.

It has emerged police officers had called on Ms Anderson following reports the children's father Craig McLelland had been stabbed, but they did not try to enter her flat after being refused entry.

Suffolk Police referred the case to the IPCC, which has finished its assessment.

An IPCC spokesman said: "There is nothing at this stage to indicate the police should have had foresight of the tragic events that unfolded.

"We are satisfied on the basis of the information at this time that no IPCC inquiry into Suffolk Constabulary contact with Fiona Anderson is required, and that investigations should continue locally."

Police said 13 people had come forward to say they had seen Ms Anderson walking in Lowestoft on Monday morning.

CCTV footage shows Ms Anderson walking around the town holding a teddy bear early on Monday. It is believed she dropped off her house keys at Mr McLelland's home at the Fyffe Centre on Belvedere Road and entered the car park at 07:55 BST.

In a statement, Ms Anderson's family said she was "loving and caring" but sometimes found life "overwhelming".

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