Former South Yorkshire police commissioner Shaun Wright ‘likely to face criminal investigation’

Former South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright

Former South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright

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Former police commissioner Shaun Wright is ‘likely’ to face a criminal investigation in the wake of the explosive Jay Report - along with other former and current Rotherham councillors and council officers.

South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable David Crompton has revealed an independent inquiry overseen by the National Crime Agency will involve ‘criminal investigations into the actions of council officers and councillors at Rotherham’ over potential misconduct in public office.

In a letter to the Home Affairs Select Committee, he said: “This is likely to involve the ex-police and crime commissioner who was a councillor at the time and lead member for children’s services.”

Mr Wright was children’s services cabinet member at Rotherham Council between 2005 and 2010, before becoming PCC in 2012. He quit his post three weeks after the Jay Report revealed at least 1,400 children had been sexually exploited in the town between 1997 and 2010 - with failures by the police and council exposed.

Mr Crompton said the inquiry will be split into two parts, one controlled by the Independent Police Complaints Commission and the other by the NCA. The IPCC will examine issues of police misconduct, while the NCA will look at criminal matters raised by the Jay Report including investigations into historic unsolved abuse cases, the oversight of ongoing investigations and whether Rotherham councillors and workers should face charges. A retired senior officer will be recruited by SYP before being seconded to the NCA to carry out that side of the investigation. Mr Crompton said ‘it is almost inconceivable the criminal investigation will not identify matters to be referred to the IPCC around police misconduct’.

Trevor Pearce, NCA director of investigations, is drawing up the inquiry’s terms of reference.

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