London Lite Monday, 19 October 2009 15 Murder blunders Britneymakesasplashinteenyblack bikini,asshetradesCircusforMexico Victim: Maria Stubbings Convicted killer: Marc Chivers had a violent record BRITNEY Spears has been relaxing with her sons in Mexico as she takes a well-earned break from her world tour. The singer was snapped with Sean Preston, four, and Jayden James, three, as they played on the beach and splashed in the hotel jacuzzi. Spears, 27, right, who showed off her trim figure in a skimpy black bikini, has just completed the Europe and North America legs of her Circus tour, which she takes to Australia next month. She was accompanied by her father Jamie, a nanny and her agent/ boyfriend Jason Trawick, 37. GrievingfamilyaccuseEssexPoliceoftotalneglect Family break: Britney takes a dip with youngest son Jayden James in Mexico Seven-year itch is taking longer THE seven-year itch may have to be renamed as new figures show that the average divorce takes place after 11.7 years. Marriages are lasting a third longer than in 1985, when this figure was eight years and 47 weeks. Divorce rates are at their lowest level since 1981, with 11.9 divorces for every 1,000 married people in 2007, but many suggest there are fewer weddings. Teens incourt overfatalattack THrEE teenagers have been charged with manslaughter over the death of a gay man in Trafalgar Square. Ian Baynham, 62, of Beckenham, died two weeks after an assault on 25 September. Joel Alexander, 19, of Thornton Heath, and two girls aged 17 from Penge and Thornton Heath were appearing at Westminster magistrates court today. THE family of a mother-of-two mur- dered by a convicted killer have accused the police of a series of errors leading up to her death. Marc Chivers, 42, strangled his former lover Maria Stubbings, 50, at her home in Chelmsford last December -- days after she made a 999 call to report a burglary, fearing her ex-partner had broken into her house. Essex Police say they visited Ms Stubbings the day after her 999 call, but they did not visit her again for another seven days. When officers went to the house for the second time Chivers told them she had gone away, despite her body lying feet from the front door, hidden in a downstairs toilet. It is thought she had been strangled with a dog lead three days earlier. A police search of the house only began a day later, and her body was found under a pile of coats. The killer had served 15 years in Germany for murdering a girlfriend while living there in his early twenties. Ms Stubbingss family now plan to sue the police for failing to follow up her 999 call properly despite knowing about her ex-partners violent record and for giving her a panic alarm which the family claim was broken. Chivers, who had previously been found guilty of battery after assaulting Ms Stubbings, admitted murder at Chelmsford crown court and will be sentenced on 14 December. The pair met in a park some months after Chivers was deported from Germany. Ms Stubbings brother, Manuel Fernandez, 41, said: They failed miser- ably. It is a catalogue of serious errors; total neglect. They got there four days too late. Maria was someone who was known by the police to be at high risk having been attacked previously by a convicted murderer. She had called the police and told them her concerns. by kevin widdop H index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html