Police chief summoned by MPs

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SOUTH Yorkshire Police chief constable David Crompton has been asked to speak to MPs about the scale of alleged sexual abuse of young girls in the county.

The call comes after a national newspaper claimed the force and Rotherham Council had turned a ‘blind eye’ to confidential police reports which referred to widespread abuse of girls by Asian men.

Mr Crompton had been summoned to appear before the Commons Home Affairs select committee about the Hillsborough Disaster.

He will also be asked questions about the grooming allegations, which have been denied by the force.

Mr Crompton said: “I will fully assist the Home Affairs select committee in answering any questions they may have.”

Keith Vaz MP, chairman of the Home Affairs select committee said: “The select committee has been conducting an inquiry into grooming for some time, since the first time these revelations were exposed. It would be appropriate for us to have [Mr Crompton] to deal with some of the points that have been raised.

“I had asked David Crompton to come in and talk about the aftermath of Hillsborough and what his force is doing about it.

“Therefore it is appropriate following these revelations that he should also tell us what South Yorkshire police is doing and what appears to be a decision by agencies not to work together to try and uncover this criminality.”

South Yorkshire Police has emphatically denied withholding information.