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Jayden Parkinson: Police officers face misconduct action

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Image caption Jayden Parkinson was found dead on 18 December 2013

Three police officers and a staff member are facing misconduct action over an inquiry into the disappearance of murdered teenager Jayden Parkinson.

The allegations concern the Thames Valley Police's contact with the 17-year-old after she went missing from an Oxford hostel in December 2013.

The internal misconduct process could result in a final written warning, but no-one faces dismissal, the force said.

Jayden's ex-boyfriend Ben Blakeley was jailed for her murder in 2014.

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Image caption Ben Blakeley insisted that he did not intend to kill Jayden but was convicted of murder

The 23-year-old, from Reading, buried her body in his uncle's grave in a Didcot cemetery, where it was discovered by police on 18 December 2013.

He was convicted of her murder on 24 July 2014 at Oxford Crown Court and was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 20 years.

Thames Valley Police's internal review follows a misconduct investigation that was carried out by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

The IPCC said a copy of its report, which has been sent to Jayden's family, may be published once misconduct proceedings have been concluded.

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