Sarah Gosling death: IPCC probe into police contact

The police watchdog is to investigate contact between Northumbria Police and a woman before her murder in Newcastle.

Sarah Gosling, 41, was found with a stab wound at a house in Tewkesbury Road in the Lemington area on 25 February. She later died in hospital.

As officers had previously attended an incident at her home, the force referred the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Ian Hope, 52, of Tewkesbury Road, has been charged with her murder.

He will appear at Newcastle Magistrates' Court on 5 March.

IPCC Commissioner, Nicholas Long, said: "Our investigation will not only look at how Northumbria Police dealt with the earlier incident, but also any previous contact between the police and Ms Gosling."

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