THE father of a Batley woman murdered by her former partner is today supporting the launch of a specialist police team targeted at helping vulnerable people.
Clare Wood’s father, Michael Brown, is backing Greater Manchester Police’s public protection division, set up to investigate crimes against the vulnerable, target offenders and support victims.
The force was criticised for a number of failings in its treatment of Miss Wood, 36, who died at the hands of George Appleton who she had met on the internet.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission concluded Miss Wood had been let down by “individual and systemic” failures by GMP.
In the months before her murder in 2009 she had repeatedly contacted GMP, claiming Appleton had caused criminal damage, harassed, threatened to kill and sexually assaulted her. It emerged he had a history of violence against women. Appleton hanged himself after he strangled her and set her on fire.