South Yorkshire Police chief promises ‘full support’ for new Rotherham abuse investigation

Chief Constable David Crompton.
Chief Constable David Crompton.

South Yorkshire Police will provide ‘full support’ to the National Crime Agency’s new independent investigation into Rotherham sex abusers, chief constable David Crompton has said.

Mr Crompton, who asked the NCA to intervene following the publication of the damning Jay report in August, said the force also remained committed to supporting the Independent Police Complaints Commission in its parallel investigation into potential misconduct by officers.

The twin investigations by the NCA and IPCC follow the Jay report’s damning findings that victims were treated with ‘contempt’ by officers and often encouraged not to make complaints about abusers.

Mr Crompton said: “All officers and staff in South Yorkshire will provide full support to the NCA in order that the independent investigation I have asked for can be taken forward efficiently and effectively.

“I welcome the additional capabilities, resources and independence that the NCA brings to drive forward enquiries into criminal matters raised in Alexis Jay’s report.

“The force has already referred 13 officers to the IPCC, who have confirmed they will investigate the conduct of 10 of them.

“We remain absolutely committed to assisting them with their separate independent investigation into alleged misconduct.”

The NCA has experience of taking over historic sexual abuse allegations from a police force and is currently running Operation Pallial in North Wales.

That investigation, which is looking at historical abuse in care homes, is looking into allegations from more than 230 people into 120 suspects. There have been 35 arrests, with 12 people due to stand trial next year.