IPCC yet to decide on whether to launch Rotherham investigations

South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Shaun Wright.
South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Shaun Wright.
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A police watchdog is yet to decide whether to launch full investigations into the conduct of both South Yorkshire Police officers and ex-crime commissioner Shaun Wright in connection with the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is still looking at referrals into both the force and Mr Wright in relation to the Jay Report.

No decisions have yet been made on whether full investigations will take place.

A spokesman for the IPCC said: “We have received a referral from South Yorkshire Police. This is being assessed to determine whether an investigation involving the IPCC is required.

“We received a referral from South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Panel relating to Shaun Wright, Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire. The referral stems from two complaints about Mr Wright’s role at Rotherham Council.

“We will assess whether the matter is something which requires an investigation involving the IPCC.”

South Yorkshire Police said last week it was in ‘ongoing dialogue’ with the IPCC about the force’s handling of child sexual exploitation.

A spokesman for the police said: “There is substantial further work that needs to be done and a number of referrals will be made to the IPCC relating to the report.”

The Jay Report revealed at least 1,400 children in the town had been victims of abuse between 1997 and 2013, and said police regarded ‘many child victims with contempt and failed to act on their abuse as a crime’.

IPCC Deputy Chair Rachel Cerfontyne said the report had raised ‘serious and troubling concerns’ and said the IPCC was asking the force to refer any evidence of failures.