When This Woman Begged Police to Arrest Her Jilted Lover They Said They Were Too Busy. Five Hours Later He'd Stabbed Her to Death

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When This Woman Begged Police to Arrest Her Jilted Lover They Said They Were Too Busy. Five Hours Later He'd Stabbed Her to Death


Byline: DAN PARKINSON

A WOMAN was stabbed to death by a jilted lover hours after police officers told her they were too busy to arrest him.

Andrew Millard, 42, broke into the home of his expartner Julie Harris, 41, and stabbed her seven times in the chest with a steak knife.

Earlier that evening Mrs Harris - who had been repeatedly threatened by Millard after she ended their relationship - had called police pleading for him to be arrested but was told officers had 'other commitments'.

They made the decision despite knowing Millard had a history of violence against Mrs Harris and other women. Two weeks before the murder he had signed a harassment order after the mother-of-one complained to police about phone calls in which he threatened to kill her.

Yesterday, as Millard was handed an 18-year sentence at Bristol Crown Court after being found guilty of murder earlier this year, it emerged he had previously served two jail terms for knife attacks on women.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating Gloucestershire Constabulary's handling of the case. Last night the force was severely criticised by women's groups for failing to protect Mrs Harris.

Myra Johnson, of Women's Aid, said: 'It is very clear this woman needed immediate police support. This case is doubly shocking because Millard had a history of violence.

'There was a harassment order against him and Mrs Harris should have been taken seriously. It is clear she was failed by the police.' The couple, who were both divorced, had met on a blind date in June 2003 and began a relationship.

Millard moved into the two bedroom home which Mrs Harris shared with her 19-year- old daughter Emily in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. …

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