Watchdog inquiry into police over Southend woman's death

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The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is to investigate Essex police's contact with a woman before she was killed.

The body of Jeanette Goodwin, 47, was found by police at a property in Quebec Avenue, Southend on 24 July 2011.

Martin Bunch, 43, of Southchurch Road, Southend, has been remanded in custody charged with her murder.

Essex Police had contact with Ms Goodwin before her death and it has referred the case to the IPCC.

IPCC commissioner, Rachel Cerfontyne, said: "I would like to extend my condolences to Jeanette Goodwin's family and friends.

"The IPCC is in the process of contacting her family to explain our involvement.

"An IPCC senior investigator has completed an assessment and I have decided that an independent investigation should be carried out to examine the actions taken by Essex Police prior to Jeanette Goodwin's sad death."

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