A woman who was stabbed to death along with her mother was attacked while on the phone to police, it was revealed last night.Raneem Oudeh, 22, and Khaloa Saleem, 49, were killed outside their home in Solihull, West Midlands, in the early hours of Monday.It emerged last night that the mother of one had contacted police several times in the hours before her killing and was on the phone with officers when she was attacked.Police are now hunting Ms Oudeh’s former boyfriend, Afghan shopkeeper, Janbaz Tarin, 21, in connection with their deaths.West Midlands Police has referred itself to the police watchdog over the murder, after it emerged that Ms Oudeh, who is Syrian and has a two-year-old child from another relationship, first rang police on Saturday morning while she was at work, saying that Mr Tarin had threatened her.She spoke to police several times on Sunday, the force confirmed yesterday. On both accounts she had posted a message saying: “A strong woman will automatically stop trying if she feels unwanted. She won’t fix it or beg, she’ll just walk away”West Midland Police is the second largest force in the country, but it has lost more than 2,300 officers since 2010 and last month its chief constable said that increasing demand means the public do not always get the service they expect.Dave Thompson apologised and said budget cuts meant that police were “drawing the bar higher” as to what would be investigated.Additional reporting by Wayne Francis Shahida Mahmood, 45, said: ‘The family were originally from Afghanistan but lived in Pakistan for a bit and he had a wife there as well before moving here.“He would laugh and joke about having two wives and brag about it quite a bit because he said they didn’t know about each other.“I told him it wasn’t funny to laugh about that but he thought it was hilarious for some reason.”West Midlands police appealed directly to Tarin to hand himself in last night, as it emerged that his former partner had maintained two Facebook accounts, one of which said: “I have cancelled all my friendships with all my friends because my account has been hacked”. Any Independent Office of Police Conduct investigation will focus on whether police ignored pleas for assistance from the mother and daughter, who is believed to have recently broken up with Mr Tarin, and how its call handlers accessed the seriousness of the threat.“They had recently split up and he kept coming around. They were worried enough to call the police a few times but they weren’t taken seriously,” one neighbour said.Neighbour Sarah Hollis said that Ms Oudeh was a “lovely women” but that the couple argued “near enough every day” before they separated. Police taped off the sceneCredit:Aaron Chown/PA A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: “There were a number of calls from Miss Oudeh to police on Sunday evening and we tried to physically locate her but were unsuccessful.”Contact was being made to arrange to see Miss Oudeh and it was during this conversation that the situation quickly escalated and the call handler immediately dispatched officers to the location in Northdown Road where they arrived within minutes.” It’s not clear why police were unable to immediate locate her. However, it is understood officers had arranged for Miss Oudeh to be visited by one of the force’s so-called “diary cars”.Manned by neighbourhood police officers, these vehicles attend meetings that have been arranged with victims of crime, as part of an attempt to make it easier for members of the public to speak to police officers.The Telegraph also understands that Ms Oudeh had contacted the police when she lived with Mr Tarin at a flat in the Kingshurst area of Birmingham. This came after neighbours reported hearing screams outside the property.A large-scale policing operation continued last night to trace Mr Tarin. Ms Hollis said she could sometimes hear Ms Oudeh “shouting for help” in her quarrels with Mr Tarin. “It sounded like she was getting whipped or something. You could hear the little boy crying on the balcony,” she said.Residents near the Tarin family home in the Sparkhill area, where the suspect’s family own a convenience store, said that the 21-year-old had been recently been on “probation” for driving offences and that he had often joked about having two partners – one in Britain and one in Pakistan. Police forensic tents outside the propertyCredit:Aaron Chown/PA Janbaz Tarin, 21, who is being sought over the killings of his former partner, Raneem Oudeh, 22, and her mother, Khaola Saleem, 49Credit:West Midlands Police/PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.