Easton flat fall: Fatal case referred to watchdog IOPC after ‘prior police contact’

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A 25-year-old woman died when she fell from a block of flats in Easton on Tuesday

The death of a woman who fell from a block of flats in Easton has been referred to police watchdogs after ‘prior police contact’, Avon and Somerset Police has said.

The force confirmed the mandatory referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct in an update on the case, which saw a 25-year-old woman fall to her death from Lansdowne Court.

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A post-mortem has shown her death was caused by injuries sustained in a fall. Meanwhile, a 43-year-old man, who was arrested on suspicion of her murder on Tuesday, was released under investigation last night (April 20).

The woman’s family have been kept updated with all the developments and are being supported by specially trained officers.

Chief Inspector Deepak Kenth said: “Enquiries at the scene have been completed and there is no longer a police cordon in place. We are grateful to people living in that area for their understanding and patience while important investigative work was carried out.

Police say they are in the process of notifying the woman’s next of kin. Police said that Lansdowne Court was a ‘tight-knit’ community and residents had been shocked by the incident.Police say they are in the process of notifying the woman’s next of kin. Police said that Lansdowne Court was a ‘tight-knit’ community and residents had been shocked by the incident.
Police say they are in the process of notifying the woman’s next of kin. Police said that Lansdowne Court was a ‘tight-knit’ community and residents had been shocked by the incident. | SWNS

“Additional high-visibility patrols in the local area will continue and those officers are happy to speak with any member of the public who has concerns.”

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A force added in a statement: “We can confirm a mandatory referral to the IOPC has been made this week in relation to this incident following prior police contact.”

If anyone has information about this incident, and hasn’t yet spoken with the police, they should call police on 101 and give the call-handler the reference number 522209183.

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