Police have said that the involvement of the IPCC into the way they handled the case of tragic teen Amber Peat is simply ‘standard practice’.
It was revealed that an investigation in to the way the police dealt with the case of the Mansfield girl has been launched by the police watchdog, amidst concerns that they did not react quickly enough in finding her.
The 13-year-old went missing from her home on Bosworth Street on Saturday, 30th May after an argument with her parents.
Her body was found in a hedgerow three days later off Westfield Lane. She died from hanging and police say there were no suspicious circumstances.
But there has been a groundswell of opinion from many local people who felt the police failed to act quickly enough, something that the police have always denied.
The IPCC said they are now looking into how the police handled possible sightings of the girl in the days after her disappearance.
But a spokesman for Nottinghamshire police said: “It’s a self-referral to the IPCC, due to the public interest in this case.
“It’s standard practice to refer it to them. We want to show transparency and we want them to look into it to make sure we have done everything we possibly could have done.
“It’s not a result of complaints.”
A spokesman for the IPCC said: “We are conducting an independent investigation into Nottinghamshire Police’s response to the missing person’s report concerning Amber Peat. The investigation is in its early stages and we have made initial contact with Amber’s family to inform them of our investigation.”