UK Police Failings Linked to Nine Women’s Deaths Despite Prior Warnings

In a recent Newsnight report, nine women were killed by partners or relatives previously reported to West Yorkshire Police between 2019 and 2023. Bethany Fields, a 21-year-old student, became one of those victims after multiple complaints were made about her ex-boyfriend, Paul Crowther, who had a known history of mental health arrests and was subject to a restraining order. The police watchdog found numerous failings, including inadequate risk assessments and inexperienced staff handling cases. The families of the victims maintain that with appropriate police response, their loved ones might still be alive.

  • Nine women were killed in West Yorkshire after reports to police about the perpetrators.
  • Bethany Fields was murdered by her ex-boyfriend, despite previous warnings to the police.
  • Paul Crowther had a history of mental health issues and domestic incidents.
  • The police watchdog identified staff shortages and failures in using police intelligence and conducting risk assessments.
  • An inexperienced probationary officer was left in charge of Bethany’s case just two weeks after working without direct supervision.
  • Experts criticize the police for insufficient training and ineffective risk assessment processes.
  • Foria Javid, another victim, had reported domestic abuse to the police but was not adequately informed about her risk level.
  • West Yorkshire Police has accepted and implemented all recommendations from the domestic homicide review and the IOPC investigation.
  • Despite errors, the IOPC stated it was impossible to confirm if the outcome could have been avoided in Bethany’s case.
  • There is ongoing concern about why the police failed to act on key warning signs.

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