Stevenage murder: Review to investigate whether agencies failed Amelia

Murder victim Amelia Arnold

Murder victim Amelia Arnold - Credit: Archant

A DOMESTIC homocide review will assess “what lessons can be learned” following the death of Amelia Arnold.

The 19-year-old contacted a number of agencies for help, including Stevenage Borough Council’s housing department, Hertfordshire County Council’s (HCC’s) Children’s Services and Hertfordshire Constabulary, as she tried to end her volatile relationship with Jack Wall and ensure he moved out of her rented home in Hadrian’s Walk, Stevenage, last November.

Wall, 22, was found guilty of her murder and was given a life sentence on Monday.

Miss Arnold’s parents, Laurence Arnold and Amanda Joy, welcomed the statutory review, which is being led by the borough council, and will be involved in a process which is expected to be completed in about two months’ time.

Stevenage Borough Council’s chief executive officer Nick Parry said: “The review requires every agency involved with Amelia Arnold, including ours, to undertake a management review of how they dealt with this case, and what lessons can be learned. The review is assessed by an independent chair and began in December 2012, with the results due to be released within the next few months.


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“Stevenage Borough Council takes reports of domestic abuse seriously, and when we are approached by victims, we provide appropriate advice and professional support. In this case we provided Amelia with advice on where to seek help and referred her case to Children’s Services. Our thoughts are with Amelia’s family at this time.”

Regarding its dealings with Miss Arnold, a HCC spokesman said: “Hertfordshire County Council had contacts with Amelia over several years, most recently via Youth Connexions who were supporting her in relation to college and employment.

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“After the birth of her child in 2011 there were also contacts with Children’s Services, but no concerns about the child’s welfare. Although Amelia indicated that her relationship with Jack Wall was volatile on occasions, there was no indication that either she or her child were in any danger.

“Amelia’s death is a tragedy and our thoughts are very much with her family at this time.”

A spokesman for Hertfordshire Constabulary said: “Amelia did meet with a domestic violence officer and was offered numerous means of support. However Amelia did not take any of the support offered and did not want to make a formal complaint to police.

“We understand how reluctant victims can be to seek help from the police and other authorities but it is vitally important that anyone suffering abuse contact officers, who are specially trained to deal with cases sensitively but robustly. If you are a victim please do call us so we can help you.”

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