South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner due in court

Dr Alan Billings

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South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner is due in court today to defend his decision to force the former Chief Constable out of his job.

Dr Alan Billings called for ex-Chief Constable David Crompton to resign in September last year, claiming a statement he made following the conclusion of the Hillsborough inquests into the deaths of 96 football fans in Sheffield in 1989, damaged the public trust and confidence in South Yorkshire Police.

Dr Billings said that Mr Crompton had led a force that put 'its own reputation first before considering victims' of the Hillsborough Stadium disaster after the Chief Constable's statement appeared to justify his legal team's questioning of fans' conduct on the day of the disaster during the inquest process.

Mr Crompton's lawyers claim that Dr Billings's decision to call upon him to resign or retire was unreasonable, irrational or disproportionate and are seeking it to be declared unlawful in the High Court.

Dr Billings will seek to defend his decision today.

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