Rotherham abuse scandal ‘laid bare police failings’ admits Chief Constable

South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable David Crompton
South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable David Crompton
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South Yorkshire Police ‘failings’ were ‘laid bare’ by the child sexual exploitation scandal in Rotherham, police Chief Constable David Crompton admitted today.

The Jay report revealed at least 1,400 children in the town were subjected to ‘appalling’ abuse between 1997 and 2013.

South Yorkshire Police’s Chief Constable David Crompton has called a meeting with the report’s author Professor Alexis Jay to discuss the findings which he said made for ‘painful reading’.

Only one officer who was with the force during the time of the scandal remains in their post, he added.

He said: “The report into CSE in Rotherham laid bare the failings of South Yorkshire Police over a number of years.

“This made for painful reading, however I am determined that we will use the findings of the report to ensure the mistakes of the past are not repeated.

“With this in mind I have written to Professor Jay to request a meeting, which will allow us to fully understand her detailed findings and properly address any concerns both past and present.

“Of the four officers named in the report, just one, Richard Tweed, remains with the force.

“His position in Rotherham started in 2010, the year which the report states the improvements began.

“As a result of the release of the report we have begun to see a number of new reports about child sexual exploitation.

“I interpret this as a sign of confidence amongst victims that the Force, as it stands now, will take these matters seriously and investigate them fully.”