Greater Manchester Police refers itself to watchdog

Greater Manchester Police refers itself to watchdog over previous contact officers had with woman, 28, and two men, 41 and 39, days before they were found dead in house in ‘unexplained’ circumstances

  • Three people, a woman and two men, were pronounced dead in Manchester
  • Officers attended the house in Failsworth on December 23, days before deaths
  • Greater Manchester Police referred to Independent Office for Police Conduct 

Greater Manchester Police has referred itself to the police watchdog after officers had contact with a woman and two men days before they were found dead.

Three people, a woman, 28, and two men, 41 and 39, were pronounced dead in ‘unexplained circumstances’ at a house in Failsworth after paramedics responded to a report of concern for welfare at 3.30pm on Monday. 

The force has voluntarily referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct because officers were at the house on December 23. 

An IOPC spokesperson said: ‘We have been notified by GMP of the incident in Failsworth and we will be assessing a formal referral from the force.’

The IOPC must now decide whether to launch a full investigation themselves or let the force do their own internal inquiry.  

Three people, a woman, 28, and two men, 41 and 39, were pronounced dead in ‘unexplained circumstances’ at a house in Failsworth after paramedics responded to a report of concern for welfare at 3.30pm on Monday. Pictured, investigators at the scene yesterday

The force has voluntarily referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct because officers were at the house on December 23. Pictured, the scene today

The IOPC must now decide whether to launch a full investigation themselves or let the force do their own internal inquiry. Pictured, a police officer guards the front door to the property

Police, fire and ambulance vehicles were pictured at the scene on Monday evening as crime scene investigators carried out a search of the house.  

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: ‘Formal identification is yet to take place but it is believed the bodies of two men – aged 41 and 39 – and a 28-year-old woman were found and sadly pronounced dead at the scene.’ 

Flowers were left on railings at the entrance to the house this morning as investigations into the deaths continue

Two bunches of flowers were left at the property this morning. An investigator carries a bag filled with evidence out of the house

Police, fire and ambulance vehicles were pictured at the scene on Monday evening as crime scene investigators carried out a search of the house

Detectives are not looking to speak with anyone else in connection with the incident, but are working with local agencies to ensure there is no wider risk to the public.  

Detective Chief Inspector James Faulkner said: ‘My thoughts firstly are with the families of the two men and the woman who tragically have lost their lives – we are offering support to them at this awful time.

‘It is important that we are able to establish the circumstances around this tragedy and get the answers for their loved ones through a thorough and comprehensive investigation, and therefore we must keep an open mind at this very early stage until we have the results of forensic examinations in due course.

‘If anyone has any information they think could be linked to this investigation then I encourage them to speak to police or Crimestoppers as it could prove to be significant.’  

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