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Probe into police alert before woman's murder in Bow

A woman called police before her friend was stabbed to death in east London, to alert them about the victim's partner, a police watchdog has revealed.

Lucinda Port, 29, was found murdered in Bow on 26 April, two days after her partner Paul Wright's body was found hanging from a tree in Bethnal Green.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said the friend told officers that Ms Port had told her Mr Wright was at her home in breach of his bail.

Officers were alerted on 17 April.

Police found the body of 31-year-old Mr Wright, who was from the Tower Hamlets area, hanging from a tree in Weavers Fields, Bethnal Green, on 24 April. Ms Port's body was found in her home in Brymay Close two days later.

The IPCC said two officers visited Ms Port's home days earlier after receiving the call from her friend, but the man had left.

A statement said: "At approximately 12.10pm on 17 April 2011 a woman called police reporting concern for the welfare of her friend, Lucinda Port, who had told her that her partner, Paul Wright, was at her house, which was in breach of his bail conditions. Two officers went to the address but the man had left.

"The IPCC investigation will examine what action was taken by the two officers who answered the woman's call on 17 April."

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