Force accused on ‘abuse’ complaints

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Published: Monday 16th February 2015 by The News Editor

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A police watchdog is investigating an under-fire force after claims that officers stopped a woman from making a complaint about an assault which left her with a fractured skull.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it is looking into the response of South Yorkshire Police to the woman’s complaints about an abusive ex-boyfriend.

The woman told the IPCC the force had not properly investigated a number of allegations that she was physically and sexually assaulted by the man.

She told the police watchdog that officers dissuaded her from pursuing a complaint about an incident that left her with a fractured skull.

An IPCC spokesman said the investigation would look at the woman’s contact with officers from South Yorkshire Police between 1995 and 1996.

The investigation will be overseen by IPCC commissioner Kathryn Stone.

It is understood this investigation is not linked to child sexual exploitation or Professor Alexis Jay’s independent review of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham .

South Yorkshire Police have faced severe criticism in the wake of Professor’s Jay’s report over their record on dealing with child sexual abuse.

Published: Monday 16th February 2015 by The News Editor

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