Complaint over chief’s Hillsborough emails

South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable David Crompton
South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable David Crompton
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A second complaint over internal emails about the independent panel report into the Hillsborough tragedy has been made against South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable David Crompton.

A firm of solicitors in Liverpool, acting on behalf of the families affected, has complained to South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner about a different aspect of the emails.

Earlier this year the chief was cleared of misconduct by the Independent Police Complaints Commission and apologised for emails which suggested the campaign group representing the families had its ‘own version’ of events at Hillsborough in 1989.

Commissioner Shaun Wright said today he had referred a new complaint to the IPCC for its consideration.

He added: “I have also passed the complaint on to Chief Constable Simon Parr of Cambridgeshire Constabulary, who I appointed earlier this year to investigate the earlier complaint, and asked him to include it as part of his current investigation.”

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said: “In February this year the Independent Police Complaints Commission investigated a complaint about an internal email sent by the Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police and concluded he had not committed any misconduct offence.

“South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has chosen to ask the IPCC and an outside police force to conduct further investigations into two new complaints he has received about the same subject.

“In order not to compromise either enquiry, we will not make further comment.”