Leicester family deaths prompt independent review

Joy Small
Image caption Joy Small's body was found in a Leicester flat along with her two children, aged three and two

Contact between police and a Leicester family before their deaths is to be the subject of an independent review.

Aram Adbul Razaq Aziz, 32, was found dead on 11 February and his former partner Joy Small, 24, and her two children were found dead the next day.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission will look at contact between police and the family between 2006-10.

Dealings between the family and police related to reports of harassment and alleged domestic abuse.

Leicestershire Constabulary has formally referred the matter to the complaints commission.

The bodies of Ms Small and her son Aubarr, three, and daughter Chanarra, two, were found in a Leicester flat.

Mr Aziz's body was found at Watermead Country Park. It is thought he killed his family, then took his own life.

Post-mortem examinations have been carried out, but the results have not yet been released.

IPCC Commissioner, Amerdeep Somal, said: "This is an extremely tragic case and I extend my sincere condolences to Ms Small's family and friends at this distressing time.

"Given the contact that Leicestershire Constabulary had with the family, it is appropriate we now carry out an independent investigation to ensure police did all they reasonably could have on the past occasions in their dealings with the family."

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