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Police chief considers IPCC move
The Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police said the force would consider asking a police watchdog whether those involved in the Hillsborough tragedy should face manslaughter investigations.
David Crompton said the force was looking into a number of issues to refer to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) following the release of the Hillsborough Independent Panel, including corporate manslaughter, manslaughter and misconduct in public office.
The chief constable also said questions should be raised about why the earlier Lord Justice Stuart-Smith report, which looked into the alteration of police statements, was accepted.
On Thursday South Yorkshire Police, which still employs 195 officers who were on duty at the ground on the day of the tragedy, said the force was considering referring itself to the IPCC.
Mr Crompton, speaking at a South Yorkshire Police Authority meeting in Barnsley, said: "Clearly, there may be potential for corporate manslaughter, given some of the detail which came out the other day. That relates, of course, to how things were handled on the day and the view taken about the 3.15 cut-off point.
"In addition to that, there may, again potentially, be the possibility of manslaughter investigations against individuals. Again, these are only potentials, these are things we are looking at at the moment, I'm not saying that these are definitely things which are to be referred to the IPCC.
"In relation to alteration of statements, which has received a great deal of publicity this week, clearly, that is something that we are looking very closely at. It's highly likely that that will form part of the referral to the IPCC."
Mr Crompton added: "The other areas that we will be considering referring to the IPCC will be issues of misconduct in public office, also leaking information to the media, issues to do with the data protection act in relation to some of the checks that were done on the PNC.
"I do wish to make it absolutely clear that, although we haven't worked out the full details yet, there will be a referral to the IPCC in the next couple of weeks. That is not in any doubt."