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Domestic Homicide Review published into death of Calne teenager Ellie Gould

An independent, multi-agency report has today been published into the death of Ellie Gould.

Published 25 November 2021
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Ellie, 17, was murdered by her former partner at her home in Calne on May 3rd 2019. He was later sentenced to a minimum of 12 years and six months imprisonment after admitting killing Ellie.

The Domestic Homicide Review into Ellie's death has been published today by the Wiltshire Community Safety Partnership.

Following the decision to conduct a review in May 2019, an independent chair and review panel were appointed and the review was managed in accordance with the relevant statutory guidance.

Although no agency failings or shortcomings have been identified in the review, a number of recommendations have been made to ensure further promotion of support services to young people in Wiltshire.

Chair of the Wiltshire Community Safety Partnership and Wiltshire Police Assistant Chief Constable Mark Cooper said: "The tributes from Ellie's family and friends paint a picture of a vibrant, popular girl who touched the lives of many people in our community.

"Her murder, understandably, has left a lasting impact on so many and I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to Ellie's family and friends who have campaigned tirelessly in her memory.

"Due to the circumstances surrounding Ellie's murder, it was right that an independent review was commissioned in order to identify any learning which could assist agencies in the future.

"The independent panel found no shortcomings of any agency but have made four recommendations which centre on continued promotion of support services available to young people and their families in our county.

"Tackling domestic abuse and violence, in all its forms, is every agency's responsibility and we will continue to work together to ensure we are doing all we can to support victims and educate everyone on this issue."

Cllr Ashley O'Neill, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Public Protection at Wiltshire Council said: "Our thoughts are with Ellie's family and friends who are living every day with the unspeakable tragedy of losing a loved one to an appalling murder. They have shown incredible bravery and dignity in the face of the most difficult circumstances.

"This independent report shines a light on the work we can all do to heighten awareness and encourage people to speak out if they have concerns about domestic abuse. We will work tirelessly with our partners to ensure people know how to spot the signs of domestic abuse and how they can access support."

You can read the review here (opens new window).

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