Fam­ily trib­ute to ‘a beau­ti­ful person’

Macclesfield Express - - BARLOW’S BRIEF -

IN a joint state­ment re­leased af­ter the in­quest, her fam­ily said: “As her fam­ily, we are very dis­ap­pointed with how the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the causes be­hind Louise’s death has been han­dled. “Thames Val­ley po­lice have of­fered no sup­port to our fam­ily, and have con­sis­tently put the emo­tional well-be­ing of Louise’s es­tranged hus­band, John White Gib­son, above that of Louise’s par­ents and her chil­dren, es­pe­cially her 15-year-old daugh­ter.

“We still have a lot of ques­tions that have not been an­swered.

“Louise was a beau­ti­ful person and a won­der­ful mother, and her ac­tions were com­pletely out of char­ac­ter. What­ever rea­sons Thames Val­ley give for her death, Louise was a strong person.

“None of the peo­ple who re­ally knew Louise and know the sit­u­a­tion she was in be­lieve that she would have done this, un­less she was driven to it.

“We will con­tinue to fight for jus­tice and for the an­swers to our ques­tions – for Louise, for her chil­dren and for all of the peo­ple who loved her.”

Thames Val­ley Po­lice are con­duct­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the force’s han­dling of the case and will re­fer find­ings to the In­de­pen­dent Po­lice Com­plaints Com­mis­sion.

In a state­ment fol­low­ing the in­quest, as­sis­tant chief con­sta­ble Chris Shead said: “Our thoughts to­day re­main with Louise’s fam­ily at this very dif­fi­cult time. I can only imag­ine the sense of loss they must feel.

“Louise was a hugely pop­u­lar and wellper­form­ing of­fi­cer who is sorely missed by her col­leagues. Many of the staff and of­fi­cers who knew her have deeply felt the loss of Louise and we con­tinue to of­fer on­go­ing sup­port.”

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