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West Yorkshire Police probed by watchdog as Kulsuma Akter dies ‘after death threats’

The police watchdog says it will investigate West Yorkshire Police after contact it had with Kulsuma Akter before her death.

The IOPC (Independent Office for Police Conduct) says it has begun an investigation into West Yorkshire Police and Greater Manchester Police following contact they had with Kulsuma, who was stabbed and killed in Bradford as she walked with her baby in the Westgate area of the city on Saturday, April 6.



Habibur Masum, 25, was charged with her murder and will stand trial later this year. The IOPC says its investigation follows referrals from both police forces. It says West Yorkshire Police were contacted on March 28 this year when it was reported Kulsuma had received death threats. Officers were deployed and a search was carried out but no suspect was reportedly found.

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A spokesperson for the police watchdog said: “Evidence we have reviewed so far indicates information was shared with GMP (Greater Manchester Police) around this time and our investigation will include looking at what was known about any alleged breach of bail, and the subsequent police response, including what steps were taken to safeguard her. Our independent investigation will look at the nature of the police contact with Ms Akter prior to her death, as well as the actions and decision-making of those involved.”

IOPC Regional Director Emily Barry said: “Our thoughts are with Ms Akter’s family and friends, who have lost a loved one in tragic circumstances, as well as all those affected by this deeply distressing incident. I would like to acknowledge and thank members of the public who were present at the scene and who tried to assist Ms Akter. It is only right that a thorough investigation takes place to understand the nature and extent of the police interaction with Ms Akter.

“This will be carried out entirely independently of the police and will consider whether there may have been any missed opportunities to safeguard her in the days and weeks before she died. We have met with Ms Akter’s family members to explain our role and update them on our investigation. We will continue to update them as our investigation continues.”

Habibur Masum has been charged with murder

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