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Shaun Wright will not face prosecution over perjury allegations

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) will not refer an investigation into complaints made against a former South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Wright was cabinet member for children’s services at Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council between 2005 and 2010. Credit: PA

Two complainants alleged Shaun Wright had committed perjury when giving evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) in September 2014 when he was Police and Crime Commissioner.

The investigation followed a referral from the South Yorkshire Police’s Police and Crime Panel following the complaints.

Mr Wright gave evidence, under oath, regarding his knowledge of allegations of widespread child sexual abuse (CSA) in Rotherham.

The complainants alleged that he wrongly denied knowledge of the scale of the abuse in Rotherham during his time as cabinet member for children’s services at Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.

The investigation included a thorough review of the transcripts from the HASC meeting and included interviews with Mr Wright and a key independent witness.

Documents were reviewed concerning CSA in the town, which Mr Wright was alleged to have received during his time at the council.

The IOPC determined that the report does not indicate that a criminal offence has been committed. Credit: PA

We have now concluded our detailed investigation into the very serious allegation that Shaun Wright committed perjury when he gave evidence to HASC in 2014.

I have given this matter very careful consideration and, on the basis of the evidence we have gathered, I have determined that the report does not indicate that a criminal offence may have been committed.

Therefore, we will not refer the matter to the Director of Public Prosecutions to consider whether any criminal charges should be brought.

We have now published our findings in full.

– IOPC Regional Director, Sarah Green