Crime commissioner calls for 'immediate resignation' of South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable

South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings
South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings
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South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner is calling for the 'immediate resignation' of the force's current chief constable.

At the conclusion of a lengthy statutory process, Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings has decided to call for Chief Constable David Crompton to resign with immediate effect.

Chief Constable David Crompton

Chief Constable David Crompton

Mr Crompton was suspended by Dr Billings on April 27 following a statement he made after the jury at the Hillsborough inquests delivered its verdict.

The jury concluded that the 96 who died at Hillsborough on April 15, 1989, were unlawfully killed and that the football supporters did not cause or contribute to their deaths.

In the wake of the verdict, Mr Crompton apologised on behalf of the force.

Those who heard the apology thought it was not only for what had happened in the past - but also for questions that were asked by the Chief Constable's legal team at the inquests, which touched on fan behaviour and caused the families distress.

But the following day Mr Crompton sought to justify the questioning, which brought immediate criticism both locally and nationally.

The suspension was made to consider a proposal to remove the Chief Constable under Section 38 of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act.

Dr Alan Billings said: “After careful consideration, I have decided that I should accept the Police and Crime Panel’s recommendation and should call on the Chief Constable to resign with immediate effect.

"This is due to the erosion of trust and confidence in his leadership which would have continued and intensified as long as he remained in post. This would not have been in the interests of South Yorkshire police or people."

He added: “Following the announcement of the verdicts the Chief Constable went before the media and read out an apology, though took no questions. The media remained encamped outside police headquarters and the criticism of the Force and the Chief Constable began immediately.

“The next day, despite being informed of my concerns, the Chief issued a second statement, shortly before the then Home Secretary, Theresa May, and Shadow Home Secretary, Andy Burnham, were due to make statements about Hillsborough in the House of Commons.

“The Chief Constable's statement sought to justify the questions asked at the inquests. This was something that I believed the public had already concluded was wrong."