Wiltshire

Wiltshire Police probed by IPCC over missing man case

The police watchdog is investigating the way Wiltshire officers handled a report of a missing man who was later found dead.

Anthony Slade's body was found by a member of the public in the river at Monkton Park, Chippenham, at 1100 BST on 23 September.

Staff at the hostel where the 62-year-old, from Chippenham, had been staying had reported him missing at 0120 BST.

An officer attended the hostel at 0720 BST to take details.

A statement from the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said there had been warning signals on the police national computer about Mr Slade which had indicated vulnerabilities.

Five-hour delay

The force contacted officers on duty raising concerns for his welfare 20 minutes after he was reported missing.

Mr Slade was then "re-graded" as a "grade one missing person" after the officer attended the hostel.

IPCC Commissioner Rebecca Marsh said: "My condolences go to the family and friends of Mr Slade.

"I have decided that the IPCC will independently investigate Wiltshire Police's handling of this call about Mr Slade using our own investigators.

"Our investigation will seek to establish the reasons for the apparent five-hour delay in dealing with the missing person report, including the actions of the control room staff in grading the call.

"We will also look at whether a risk assessment was carried out."

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