Hollie Gazzard murder case: Police contact with victim probed

Hollie Gazzard Image copyright Family handout
Image caption Hollie Gazzard was stabbed in the beauty salon where she worked

The police watchdog has begun an investigation into Gloucestershire Constabulary's contact with a stabbing victim before her death.

Hollie Gazzard, 20, was attacked while working at Fringe Benefits in Southgate Street, Gloucester, on 18 February.

Gloucestershire Police referred the case to the Independent Police Complaints Commission due to their previous contact with the hairdresser.

Asher Thomas Maslin, 22, from Cheltenham, is charged with her murder.

IPCC Associate Commissioner Guido Liguori said: "This is clearly a very difficult time for Hollie's friends and family and I would like to extend my condolences to them.

"They will have questions about whether anything more could have been done by Gloucestershire Constabulary to prevent her tragic death, and I am also aware that incidents such as this can be of concern to the wider community.

"Our investigation will establish what action was taken and whether it was in line with force and national guidelines.

"This will include looking at what intelligence was available to the force and the use of risk assessments."

A spokesman for Gloucestershire Police said: "We are aware of the IPCC investigation and are assisting their inquiries.

"It would not be appropriate to comment any further until their investigation is complete."

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