Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Christine Chambers told police repeatedly she was being pestered by suspected gunman, watchdog reveals

Police outside a house in Braintree, Essex, after a woman and child were found dead following a firearms incident. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA
A mother shot dead with her toddler daughter had reported to police that she was being "pestered and harassed" by the suspected gunman less than two weeks before she was killed.

Christine Chambers, 38, contacted officers on 27 May in the latest of a number of calls to Essex police over two years reporting incidents concerning the man suspected of the double murders, named locally as David Oakes, 50.

Details of her last complaint were made public by the Independent Police Complaints Commission as it launched a formal investigation into the case.

The bodies of Chambers and two-year-old Shania were found following a stand-off between police and the gunman inside their home in Bartram Avenue, Braintree in the early hours of Monday.