Police probe ordered over death of 'dangerous' Scots sex beast found in caravan

Richard Scatchard, 70, is wanted on recall to prison
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Watchdogs have ordered police to conduct an internal investigation into the death of a dangerous Scots sex offender found in caravan after a six-month manhunt.

Glasgow-born Richard Scatchard was wanted in connection with the alleged murder of Kelly Faiers in Minehead, Somerset. The 61-year-old was pronounced dead at his Scatchard's home on October 15 last year after being seen at the pub with him just hours before.

Police spoke with Scatchard at the time but did not arrest him and when officers returned to speak to him the next day he had vanished and was not seen again until he was found dead on April 4.

A mandatory referral was made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) by Avon and Somerset Constabulary due to prior police contact with 70-year-old Scatchard.

Now, the IOPC has advised that the force’s professional standards department should carry out a local investigation into their search for Scatchard and into his death, but they will retain oversight.

It comes as the force is already subject to a probe by the IOPC after Ms Faiers' family made a complaint over the police's handling of the case.

Richard Scatchard and Kelly Faiers were caught on CCTV at the Duke of Wellingon Pub in Minehead the night before she died
Kelly Faiers

IOPC regional director David Ford also confirmed that their investigation into this complaint was "progressing" by looking at the actions and decision-making of police officers involved, as well as examining if force policies and procedures were followed correctly.

Scatchard, who also used the name Richard Dunlop, was previously described as a "danger to women" and had previous convictions for sexual offences in 2000 and, shortly after Ms Faiers’ death, he was subject to a recall to prison for a breach of his probation conditions.

After his boy was discovered in April, Kelly's daughters, Jazz Faiers and Tania Jackson, told the BBC they feel they have been robbed of closure due to Scatchard's death and he "shouldn't have been allowed to die".

Richard Scatchard on Swain Street, Watchet, the day after Kelly Faiers death
Richard Scatchard and Kelly Faiers were caught on CCTV at the Duke of Wellingon Pub in Minehead the night before she died -Credit:SWNS

Jazz said: "I'm glad he can't harm anyone else, but it doesn't bring us any form of closure or justice.

"There should have been a court case. The whole thing wasn't fair on us and his past victims. He shouldn't have been allowed to die."

IOPC's David Ford said: “I send my sincere sympathies to Ms Faiers’ family over the sudden loss of their loved one. Our thoughts are with them and everyone affected by her death.

“Our investigation, carried out independently of police, is thorough and will ensure that the actions of the officers involved are properly scrutinised. In particular, we are analysing the police decision not to detain Mr Scatchard or begin a criminal investigation immediately after Ms Faiers was found at his address.

"We are considering what information officers who attended the Minehead address had when Mr Scatchard was first spoken to and any liaison that took place between them and supervisory officers.

“We have been in contact with Ms Faiers’ family to explain our role and we will be giving regular updates to them as our investigation continues to develop.”

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