Twelve police staff investigated over how Force dealt with stalking allegation

Shana Grice. Picture: Sussex Police
Shana Grice. Picture: Sussex Police

Twelve Sussex Police staff are being investigated over how they dealt with a stalking allegation – following the tragic murder of Shana Grice.

They are the subjects of an inquiry by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) into the death of Shana Grice from Brighton, who was killed by her ex-boyfriend Michael Lane on August 25.

Michael Lane was found guilty of murdering Shana Grice in Mile Oak. Picture: Eddie Mitchell

Michael Lane was found guilty of murdering Shana Grice in Mile Oak. Picture: Eddie Mitchell

The 27-year-old Portslade man was found guilty of her murder on March 22 at Lewes Crown Court and was later given a life sentence.

The jury heard how Miss Grice first contacted police in February 2016 to report that she was being stalked by Lane.

But she was later fined for ‘wasting police time’ after failing to disclose she was in an ‘on-off relationship’ with Lane. Click here for more information.

Six recommendations were put forward by the IPCC about how Sussex Police officers are trained in recognising cases involving stalking and harassment, and how to best safeguard victims.

The scene of Shana Grice's murder. Picture: Eddie Mitchell

The scene of Shana Grice's murder. Picture: Eddie Mitchell

They also focus on improvements to data storage and retrieval, better use of existing systems to ensure relevant information is accurately logged, considered and reviewed.

Associate Commissioner at the IPCC Tom Milsom made the recommendations. He said: “I am encouraged by Sussex Police’s positive response to the recommendations I have made as part of our ongoing investigation. Stalking and harassment are serious offences and in certain situations, such as those involving Shana, can have tragic consequences.

“I am also pleased to see the work Sussex Police has been doing this week, in association with Suzy Lamplugh Trust as part of National Stalking Awareness Week to encourage those who believe they have been the victims of this behaviour to come forward and report it.”

Detective Superintendent Jason Tingley from Sussex Police said: “We are committed to improving our response to these cases and the IPCC recommendations form part of our ongoing work.

“Since making a referral to the IPCC about how we dealt with incidents involving Shana leading up to her murder, we have provided additional training and feel we are much improved now – as a police service and as a society – at recognising stalking and its impact and our response to it.”

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