Chief Constable under fire over Hillsborough email

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has criticised South Yorkshire Police's Chief Constable for emails in which he says Hillsborough campaigners are not telling the truth.

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Police and Crime Commissioner accepts Chief Constable's apology

South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner says he has accepted the Chief Constable's apology over an email saying Hillsborough campaigners were not telling the "truth".

I have received the letter from the IPCC following my informing them of concerns about an internal email written by the South Yorkshire Chief Constable shortly before the publication of the Hillsborough Independent Panel report last year and which I considered used language that could be construed as inappropriate and insensitive.

I note the comments of the IPCC, including that the email has ‘serious implications for public confidence’ but that it does not amount to a conduct issue and therefore does not require a formal referral.

As previously stated, I have raised my concerns and disappointment with the Chief Constable but I have now accepted the apology he has issued and I believe I have taken all appropriate action at this stage to deal with the matter.

– Shaun Wright, Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire

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