Speaking exclusively to Sky News ahead of what would have been Gracie’s 24th birthday, her parents said officers failed to recognize the danger their daughter was in.
“A guy that Gracie had reported to the police for harassing her approached her that morning and murdered her,” said her mother, Alison Heaton.
“She absolutely loved life, she was fun, she loved animals a lot,” she said.
“It’s really frustrating because we don’t have answers, it’s dragging on, we just want answers. “
Gracie’s father Richard said his daughter was popular and worked hard.
“Everyone loved Gracie, she left her mark on people, she lit up the room wherever she is and it’s so sad and overwhelming that she died that way,” he said. declared.
Gracie, an avid horse rider, was last seen alive by her mother at 7:30 a.m. on June 18, leaving the family home in Chesterfield to walk a few miles to the Blue Lodge Farm stables in Duckmanton, where she kept her horse.
Half an hour later, Gracie was found unconscious at the stables with a fatal stab to the neck.
The body of Michael Sellers, her former supervisor at a warehouse where she had a temporary job, was found in a nearby field hours later.
Four months earlier, Gracie had reported Sellers to police for stalking after falling in love with her and showing up to the stables uninvited.
It was only after Gracie’s death that her family learned that a bag containing knives, an ax, a hammer and a note saying “Don’t lie” had been found near the stables six weeks before and handed over to the police.
“This bag of weapons was handed over on May 6 and to our knowledge the police did not react and regrouped the points mainly from Gracie’s complaints,” her mother said.
Gracie’s dad said if Derbyshire The police had warned Gracie about the gun bag, he could have protected her.
“We would not have allowed her to go into the field that day on her own,” he said.
“We wouldn’t have let her go anywhere on her own after that, so that’s my opinion: I think they let her down for a long time. “
In the wake of Gracie’s death and other high-profile cases like the murder of Sarah Everard, Mr Spinks said women’s safety should be taken more seriously by the public and the police.
“This is what I want to see. I lost my beautiful daughter who worked hard and was loved by everyone, ”he said.
Gracie’s mom agrees.
“We can only speak from our own experience and they let my daughter down as far as I’m concerned, someone let her down,” she said.
Police watchdog, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), said: ‘We are independently investigating prior police contact between Gracie Spinks and Derbyshire Police prior to her tragic death on Friday, June 18.
“The investigation is ongoing.
“Our thoughts are with Gracie’s family, friends and everyone else affected by her death. “
Derbyshire Police said: ‘We continue to liaise with the Coroner regarding the deaths of Gracie Spinks and Michael Sellers and the matter remains with the IOPC. For this reason, we cannot comment further. “
Mr Spinks said he hoped a candlelight vigil held tonight to mark Gracie’s birthday at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Old Whittington would help raise the profile of a campaign his family calls Gracie’s Law.
They want the government to commit to each police force receiving funding for a dedicated point of contact for stalking complaints.
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“I am convinced that we can achieve our goal and make a difference,” he said.
“And it can be continued, and that will be his legacy. ”