IPCC will not investigate David Crompton complaint

A complaint against the suspended South Yorkshire Police chief David Crompton over alleged instructions to his legal team at the Hillsborough inquests will not be investigated.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said Mr Crompton was alleged to have told lawyers to “pour blame” on Liverpool fans at the hearings.

Families of some of the victims had lodged the complaint.

Read on… http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-37634288

No probe into whether Yorkshire police blamed Liverpool fans for Hillsborough disaster

A POLICE watchdog today ruled out an investigation into claims that South Yorkshire’s chief constable told lawyers to “pour blame” on Liverpool fans at the Hillsborough inquests.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said that while the approach of some of the legal teams “clearly caused distress” to the victims’ families, there was no evidence of crime and investigators could not access details of legal discussions.

Read on… http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/crime/no-probe-into-whether-yorkshire-police-blamed-liverpool-fans-for-hillsborough-disaster-1-8177623

Hillsborough families attack decision not to investigate David Crompton

Families criticise watchdog over decision not to investigate whether suspended South Yorkshire police chief constable told lawyers to ‘pour blame’ on Liverpool fans

The families of Hillsborough victims have attacked the police watchdog after it refused to investigate the suspended South Yorkshire police chief constable, David Crompton, over his role at the inquests.

Lawyers for 22 Hillsborough families had asked the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) to investigate whether Crompton told lawyers to “pour blame” on Liverpool fans for the disaster.

The families alleged that Crompton and South Yorkshire police pursued the strategy in an attempt to deflect blame away from the force for the deaths of 96 fans at the FA Cup semi-final on 15 April 1989.

Read on… https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/oct/12/hillsborough-families-attack-decision-not-to-investigate-david-crompton

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2 Responses to IPCC will not investigate David Crompton complaint

  1. David says:

    Quelle surprise!

  2. Janet Green says:

    Having spoken to m’learned offspring, I understand that the reason for the IPCC decision not to proceed to investigate was because the complaint related to the instructions that the Chief Constable had given to counsel representing South Yorkshire Police in the Inquests. Such instructions would be privileged and, therefore, there could be no requirement to disclose.

    However, those instructions were not given by Mr Crompton in relation to his personal situation, but about the SYP situation.

    It appears that SYP could provide that information about the instructions if it wanted to, and that that decision would be made by the current Acting Chief Constable. Was he asked? What was his response?

    Further, although the Commissioner could not instruct SYP to disclose the information, I wonder what his response would be if he was asked whether SYP should provide the information? Has anyone asked him?

    Of course, the other thing to note here is that the IPCC made a very clear statement that the SYP legal team’s approach clearly caused distress to the Hillsborough families.

    That rather lends support to the Commissioner’s decision to ask Mr Crompton to resign after his second completely inept statement.

    Is there anyone, other than the out-of-touch Chief Inspector of Constabulary (Tom Winsor), who doesn’t believe that Crompton’s statement justified the call for his resignation?

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