TWO more women have come forward to complain against the way Derbyshire Police officers handled their appeals for help in dealing with their concerns about violent abuse by men.
They have contacted the same legal firm that is suing the east Midlands force over the way its officers deal with Tania Moore – the 26-year-old showjumper murdered in 2004 by her fiance after more than a year of assaults, abuse and threats.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission last week slammed the force for its “abysmal” handling of her case.
It concluded “no officer took control and no meaningful investigation took place”.
One officer has been sacked, another demoted and four more reprimanded. It now faces having to pay between £50,000 and £100,000 to her family – although the family have made it clear that they’d be happy if the officers involved lost their jobs and never worked in policing again.
The money from any claim is – say the family – not an issue, as such.
Solicitor Peter Mahy, who represents Ms Moore’s mother Stella, brother Justin and father Pat, said last night that in the past week, he has been contacted by two women from Derbyshire.
He said: “One was repeatedly beaten up by her husband while the other was regularly assaulted by a family member.
“In both cases – which cover the period between 2003 and 2005 – the women asked the police for help time and time again but they did not act.
“One of the women has now moved out of the area and is attending university but she wants the matter to be dealt with by the Independent Police Compliants Commission.
“The second woman is considering her position.”
He added: “I expect to get more enquiries from women.”
Last week, another woman told how she believes she could be “the next Tania Moore” as Derbyshire Police officers have – she claims – failed to protect her from an abusive lover.
Mahy – a 33-year-old civil rights lawyer – is due to begin proceedings against Derbyshire Police early next year in connection with the Tania Moore case.
Her car was rammed off the road and she was blasted point blank in the face by jilted fiance Mark Dyche in March 2004.
For more than a year previously, the 36-year-old stalked her, sent her abuse text messages, paid £2,000 to get men to have her beaten up and robbed, and on at least two occasions he openly threatened to kill her.
Just four weeks before she died, the terrified riding instructor – understandably annoyed at Derbyshire Police inaction – confided in her mother Stella: “When I’m dead somethng, will be done.”
Despite denying murder and conspiracy to rob Ms Moore, the farm worker – who was also a keen marksman – was found guilty at Nottingham Crown Court in May 2005.
His appeal against his conviction was quashed last month.
Ms Moore’s mother said: “The police failed in their duty. If the police had been more astute, my daughter would never have died”.
Last week, a woman known only as “Susan” told the BBC East Midlands Today programme that she is worried she will suffer the same fate as Ms Moore and claimed most of the officers she has spoken to about her case have just treated her like an “hysterical woman”.
Susan has endured two years of abuse from a man she met through a lonely hearts column.
But because of police in action, she has now lodged a formal complaint with the IPCC.
She said: “I’ve had to put up with him threatening to kill me, pulling knives on me, strangling me, throwing me to the ground, trying to suffocate me and sending me vile text messages.
“They’ve (police officers) just treated me like I’m a hysterical women. They don’t really understand domestic violence it’s absolutely disgraceful.
“They haven’t got an idea of what it’s like to be a victim of domestic violence and if they did I think they would be a lot more sympathetic.”
She added: “I’ve told them to remember my name, I will be the next Tania Moore with a bullet through my head if they don’t stop this man.”
A Derbyshire Police spokesperson said at the time: “Such complaints are treated very seriously and it is of grave concern that a victim of domestic violence is dissatisfied with the service.”