Dorset

Blandford Forum barber shop murder: IPCC to investigate

Katrina O'Hara
Image caption Katrina O'Hara worked at the barber shop where she was fatally stabbed

A police watchdog is to investigate circumstances relating to the suspected murder of a Dorset hairdresser.

Katrina O'Hara, 44, was stabbed at Jocks Barbers in East Street, Blandford Forum, on 7 January.

Dorset Police said it referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) as it had "prior contact with people involved".

Stuart Thomas, 49, who has been charged with murdering Ms O'Hara, is due before Winchester Crown Court on 1 April.

An IPCC spokeswoman said: "The IPCC has begun an independent investigation into previous contact between Dorset Police and Katrina O'Hara, and with Stuart Thomas, also known as George Thomas."

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