Police watchdog close to making decision over ex-Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright

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The police watchdog said it is close to making an announcement over a referral made about South Yorkshire’s former Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright.

Complaints were made to the Independent Police Complaints Commission about Mr Wright following the publication of a report into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham during the period in which he was the Rotherham councillor overseeing children’s services in the town.

The report found that 1,400 children had been sexually exploited over a 16 year period by largely Pakistani-heritage men while the authorities turned a blind eye because of sensitivities around the ethnicity of offenders.

Mr Wright eventually resigned from his post as the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner in the wake of mounting pressure including Prime Minister David Cameron, who called for him to quit.

Six police and crime commissioners have been investigated by the policing watchdog since they took up their posts two years ago.

Since 2012 the IPCC has had 43 complaints made to police forces which have been referred to the body - relating to just over half of the 41 Police and Crime Commissioners.

The body claims it is close to making an announcement on Mr Wright’s case.

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