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Probe into death of teen who fell from 17th floor.

THE police watchdog has launched an investigation into the death of a teenager who fell from the 17th floor of a block of flats while apparently trying to escape officers.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is specifically looking into why Scotland Yard allowed Shanice-Paris Goff, 18, to be left alone in a bedroom at the flat in Woolwich, south London, shortly before she plunged to her death.

The IPCC is also investigating why the force decided to attend the Mulgrave Road estate. It has emerged that officers were attempting to recall Goff to prison when she fell from a window.

She had been convicted in connection with three street robberies in London in 2009, and was out on licence after serving part of her sentence.

A man, who lives at the address, and another woman were in the flat on Tuesday morning when police arrived "to carry out an arrest inquiry" and have since provided statements.

IPCC Commissioner Sarah Green said: "At this early stage IPCC investigators have reviewed the account provided by the female witness who was at the address at the time, the statements provided by the two police officers at the address and they have examined the property where the incident occurred.

"I determined that the IPCC should investigate the circumstances surrounding the decisions taken by the two officers who attended the address on the day Ms Goff tragically died and also to review any accounts given by the young man and woman who were in the flat with Ms Goff."

The female witness has confirmed that Goff was unsupervised in a bedroom just before she fell.

A man, understood to be Goff's boyfriend, was arrested at the time on suspicion of assisting an offender. He has since been bailed.

An inquest into the death will be opened at Greenwich Coroner's Court next week.

The incident has also been referred to Scotland Yard's Directorate of Professional Standards.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 14, 2012
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