Woman fell to death after hearing man she accused of rape cleared by court named as Tracy Shelvey

A woman who threw herself from the top of a shopping centre in Rochdale, Lancashire, yesterday, has been named as Tracy Shelvey.


by Ellie Henman |
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Tracy, 41, fell to her death and later died in hospital after hearing the man she accused of raping her had been cleared by a court on Friday.

It’s reported that Tracy – who twice gave evidence in the trial – fell from the Wheatsheaf Shopping Centre yesterday at 10am, despite police officers at the scene attempting to talk her down.

Patrick Hall, 24, was accused of raping seven women between 2006 and 2011, however a jury found him not guilty of all the offences on Friday.

Greater Manchester Police said two specially trained officers had been supporting Tracy and visited her home on Friday to deliver news of the verdict.

A spokesman for the force explained how Tracy appeared “angry and upset at the news” and was referred to other agencies that would be able to provide support.

Tracy fell to her death from the Multi story car park at Rochdale's Wheatsheaf Shopping Centre
Tracy fell to her death from the Multi story car park at Rochdale's Wheatsheaf Shopping Centre

Later that evening, police and ambulance staff visited her at her home and reportedly found Tracy in a far calmer state.

However, on Monday morning, police were called after Tracy was seen on the roof of the shopping centre's multi story car park. Despite their best efforts to talk her down, she tragically fell to her death.

The force has now referred its involvement with Tracy to the Indpendent Police Complaints Commission and, in a statement to the public, said a full investigation would be taking place.

Assistant Chief Constable, Dawn Copley said: “This is a terribly sad end to what has been a long and difficult case.

“A full investigation will be carried out to establish the circumstances leading up to this woman’s death and it is important, especially for the family, that we do not speculate about what may have happened until all the facts are known.”

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