Dorset Police referred watchdog after two teenagers found dead | UK news –

A police force is under investigation for their contact with two teenagers whose bodies have been found at a beauty spot in Dorset.

The man and woman, both in their late teens, were spotted by a dog walker in a wooded area next to a reservoir near Bridport. Dorset Police said there were no suspicious circumstances but did not say how they died. Their identities have not been released, but their families have been informed.

A spokesman said the force had referred itself to the police regulator, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), on the matter.

“Dorset Police have made a mandatory referral to the IOPC in accordance with procedures relating to the death or serious injury of any person,” the spokesman said.

One of the reasons a force should contact the IOPC is “when someone has had direct or indirect contact with the police at the time they are or have recently been seriously injured or died” and “the contact causes or contributes to this.” could have death or injury”.

The incident happened at a remote location near West Bay. Paul Williams, who lives nearby, said: “The whole street was cordoned off. A dog walker found her. A police officer from the community came here yesterday to check for CCTV.”

Another man, who asked not to be named, said: “It’s awful. Certainly not something you expect to happen on your doorstep.”

Ian Bark, the Mayor of Bridport, said: “My condolences go out to the friends and families of these young people. It is very sad to hear that two people so young have died.”

The police spokesman said: “At 10.11am on 25 January we received a report of two people, a girl and a man, both in their late teens, found dead at Bothenhampton Reservoir, Wych Hill. officers attended. There are no suspicions. Her next of kin have been informed and the coroner notified.”

The IOPC acknowledged receipt of the transfer.

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