Former South Yorkshire police chief David Crompton to take court action over ‘forced removal’

Former South Yorkshire Chief Constable David Crompton is bringing a High Court challenge over his removal from the force.

Mr Crompton was suspended by Dr Alan Billings, the region’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), following a statement he made after the end of the Hillsborough inquest verdicts in April last year.

Dr Alan Billings: My right to ask chief constable David Crompton to resign over Hillsborough. The three words that cost South Yorkshire’s police chief his job. South Yorkshire Police chief “must go after catastrophic Hillsborough statement”.

Read more at: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/former-south-yorkshire-police-chief-david-crompton-to-take-court-action-over-forced-removal-1-8461772

Ex-South Yorkshire Police to challenge his removal from the force

Former South Yorkshire Chief Constable David Crompton is to challenge his removal from the force during a hearing at the High Court today.

Mr Crompton was suspended by Dr Alan Billings, the region’s Police and Crime Commissioner, following a statement he made after the end of the Hillsborough inquest verdicts in April last year.

In September, Mr Billings called for Mr Crompton’s immediate resignation.

Read more at: http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/ex-south-yorkshire-police-to-challenge-his-removal-from-the-force-1-8461758

‘No basis’ to remove South Yorkshire Police chief after Hillsborough verdicts, court hears

THERE WAS no “fair or reasonable basis” for taking the draconian step of forcing South Yorkshire chief constable David Crompton out of office, the High Court has heard.

Mr Crompton has challenged a decision taken by Dr Alan Billings, the region’s police and crime commissioner (PCC), in the wake of April 2016 inquest findings into the deaths resulting from the Hillsborough stadium disaster 27 years before.

A jury concluded police conduct contributed to or caused the deaths of 96 football fans.

Read more at: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/crime/no-basis-to-remove-south-yorkshire-police-chief-after-hillsborough-verdicts-court-hears-1-8461772

‘No fair or reasonable basis’ for forcing police chief out over Hillsborough

There was no “fair or reasonable basis” for taking the draconian step of forcing South Yorkshire chief constable David Crompton out of office, the High Court has heard.

Mr Crompton has challenged a decision taken by Dr Alan Billings, the region’s police and crime commissioner (PCC), in the wake of April 2016 inquest findings into the deaths resulting from the Hillsborough stadium disaster 27 years before.

Read more at: http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/news-wire/no-fair-or-reasonable-basis-for-forcing-police-chief-out-over-hillsborough-1-8461736

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10 Responses to Former South Yorkshire police chief David Crompton to take court action over ‘forced removal’

  1. Janet Green says:

    Also read Neil Wilby’s article, updated yesterday, for the issues and analysis, at:
    https://neilwilby.com/2017/01/23/bad-on-their-merits/

  2. David says:

    I suspect Alan didn’t want to do this but was forced into it by his political masters during the PCC election to make him look executive. He would have regarded Crompton as friend and ally, both politically and professionally. Crompton, not so much.

  3. Sorry, but, after everything that has happened, I have no respect for the South Yorkshire Police. I doubt if their awful mistakes and bad practices were cured by this one officer leaving.

  4. S Thornton says:

    Its been reported that the actions of the PCC have so far cost the taxpayers of South Yorkshire around £30,000 in legal fees. If the case goes against him, and Crompton wins his case and is given compensation, then the PCC`s position is untenable, and he has to go.

    • Janet Green says:

      Why?

      I didn’t see Theresa May resign when she recently lost a Judicial Review, nor when she lost several as Home Secretary. JRs go with the territory. Win some/lose some.

      If Billings hadn’t taken legal advice before he acted, that would be different, but he did.

      I noted that, during the PCC elections last year, all the other candidates criticised him for not sacking Crompton earlier.

  5. Albion says:

    This issue became political just as soon as Labour MPs stuck their oar in, Billings should have addressed the conduct of the CC based on the terms and conditions of the CCs contract of employment.

    If the decision goes against Billings he should resign, no sitting on the fence, no wringing of hands, no lessons learned mantra, he is in charge the buck stops with him.

    The stench of sheer hypocrisy and double standards from Labour politicians over the way they contributed to the CC losing his job beggars belief.

    • Janet Green says:

      What factually inaccurate drivel.

      Perhaps you missed the comments of the then Home Secretary (Mrs May) and other Conservative MPs on Crompton’s crass and inept statement.

      Perhaps if you had attended one of the hustings, as I did, you would have heard all the 2016 PCC election candidates (Conservative, UKIP, Lib Dem, and ED). Their criticism was not that Crompton had been sacked, but that he hadn’t been sacked earlier.

  6. Albion says:

    Ms Green, attending a PCC hustings, you do need to get out more.

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