Police watchdog begins probe into claims ex-South Yorkshire PCC lied on oath

Police watchdog begins probe into claims ex-South Yorkshire PCC lied on oath

The police watchdog has begun an independent investigation into whether former South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright lied to MPs in parliament over the Rotherham child abuse scandal.

The complaint relates to evidence Mr Wright gave at a hearing in 2014, while he was still the PCC, where he gave evidence under oath about his knowledge of allegations of widespread child sexual abuse in Rotherham.

It’s specifically alleged that he denied having knowledge of child sexual exploitation in the town during his time as Rotherham Council’s cabinet member for children’s services between 2005 and 2010.

The investigation is specifically focused on whether the evidence given was in any way misleading, according to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

The IPCC can only investigate a Police and Crime Commissioner if the allegations made are serious enough to be potentially deemed criminal.”

Sarah GreenIPCC Deputy Chair

Read on… http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-england-leeds-40482951

BREAKING: Police watchdog investigates whether ex-Commissioner lied on oath

The police watchdog has launched an investigation into whether former Police and Crime Commission Shaun Wright lied on oath about what he knew about child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is looking at whether Mr Wright committed perjury when giving evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee in 2014.

Read more at: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/breaking-police-watchdog-investigates-whether-ex-commissioner-lied-on-oath-1-8630115

Probe begins into claims former crime tsar lied on oath about child sex abuse scandal

Tue 04 Jul 2017

THE police watchdog has begun its independent investigation into whether former South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner Shaun Wright lied to MPs over the Rotherham child abuse scandal.

Read on… http://www.rotherhamadvertiser.co.uk/news/view,probe-begins-into-claims-former-crime-tsar-lied-on-oath-about-child-sex-abu_23082.htm

Probe into allegations ex-PCC lied giving evidence about child sexual abuse

A police watchdog has begun an investigation into allegations that former police and crime commissioner (PCC) Shaun Wright lied to MPs when he gave evidence in parliament.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said the inquiry follows two complaints made after Mr Wright gave evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee about child sexual abuse in Rotherham.

Mr Wright could potentially face criminal charges as a result of the investigation.

Before he was elec ted as South Yorkshire’s PCC in 2012, Mr Wright was the councillor responsible for child services between 2005 and 2010.

Read more at: http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/news-wire/probe-into-allegations-ex-pcc-lied-giving-evidence-about-child-sexual-abuse-1-8630262

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8 Responses to Police watchdog begins probe into claims ex-South Yorkshire PCC lied on oath

  1. pleasant says:

    It is inconceivable that PCC Shaun Wright is to be investigated for possibly lying without a parallel investigation as to whether CC Meredydd Hughes also possibly lied. The IPCC does not investigate a Chief Constable, such is the job of the PCC, so why has the current PCC not investigated Hughes already? Wright was thrown to the wolves as a scapegoat and political expediency to protect all the members of the police and crime panel who are equally culpable, but the fact remains that if Hughes did not know about the CSE then his Chief Constable was not telling him. There is a parallel here, the South Yorkshire Trading Standards fiasco, where the politicians for years took the hubris and kudos, then scapegoated the deceased manager, rightly or wrongly, rather than accept that it was they who were responsible, yet refused to be held accountable. In this Shaun Wright case, the issue is about control of the flow of information. Historically, in this region, we have consistently seen the political pragmatism ( George Orwell’s 1984 ) applied to the control of the flow of information for damage limitation and reputation management. No-one wants to see guilty people escape justice, but targeting just one person is so narrow a remit as to make the investigation an irrelevant farce. Meanwhile, the predilections of Keith Vaz notwithstanding, why has the Parliamentary Select Committee not ordered an investigation into both Hughes and Wright?

  2. malcontent says:

    “Thrown to the wolves.” It’s the victims that were thrown to the wolves!

  3. Debz says:

    Why isn’t Roger Stone being investigated? He is the one that has escaped almost all scrutiny but still has his OBE

  4. Colin Tawn says:

    Shaun Wright, Joyce Thacker and Meredyyd Hughes should all be investigated for possible perjury.

    The hearing was told both Ms Thacker and Mr Wright had read a report in 2006 and 2007 which named 100 potential victims.
    The committee also criticised former South Yorkshire Police chief constable Med Hughes, who ran the force between 2004 and 2011 and is now a non-executive director of Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.
    All three of the witnesses separately insisted they had not been aware of the ‘scale’ of child abuse in Rotherham, after the Jay Report revealed last month there had been at least 1,400 victims between 1997 and 2013.
    http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/shaun-wright-and-joyce-thacker-reject-committee-s-calls-to-quit-1-6831550

    Ex RMBC Monitoring Officer and Labour stooge Jacqui Collins should also be investigated IMV.
    It is inconceivable and unbelievable that nothing concerning CSE ever came to her attention or crossed her desk.
    She is one of many ‘Unfit for Purpose’ drones who was allowed to leave quietly-or promoted-with no questions asked.

  5. Alex says:

    I think I remember listening to the HAC proceedings in which Wright said he’d been talking to/had received support from MPs but then refused to name them. Vaz pointed out that refusing to answer could be treated as contempt of Parliament. Is there any reason that criminal offence isn’t included in the IPCC investigation?

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