MPs' call for further investigation into Cleveland Police's handling of complaints against rapist officer

The Northern Echo: Disgraced former Cleveland Police officer Wayne Scott Disgraced former Cleveland Police officer Wayne Scott

CALLS have been made for an investigation to be launched into Cleveland Police’s handling of complaints against an officer who was convicted of rape and sexual assault.

In November, former police constable, Wayne Scott, was found guilty of rape and attempted rape and it was revealed that he had been investigated over allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour for more than a decade.

The 37-year-old had already admitted a number of sexual offences in relation to another victim, who he raped seven times, and a sexual assault on a 15-year-old girl.

An investigation is already being carried out by the Independent Police Complaints Commission into the circumstances surrounding the former officer's conduct and force's subsequent investigation into the offences.

However, further concern has been raised following an ITV news report which shows that only three of 31 people contacted by Scott using the force’s computer system.

Stockton South MP James Wharton told Tyne Tees: “I think people will be worried about whether this is a force that is fit for purpose.

“If these sorts of problems continue to occur there are serious questions about the future of Cleveland Police as an independent force.”

And Keith Vaz MP, the chairman of the Home Affiars Select Committee, added: “This is a very serious turn of events which will require great scrutiny.

“The select committee has always been concerned about the allegations of corruption in Cleveland and the plethora of investigations. But this is a particular serious set of allegations.

“I think they've totally run out of chances.”

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7:22pm Thu 30 Jan 14

behonest says...

Do you really think so, Mr Vaz? Then put words into action and close down this farce of incompetent, corrupt, malicious and self-serving wasters immediately.
You can guarantee that if someone had flicked a beer towel at this scum, the cops would have the 'flicker' in court in no time. But serial rape? Ignore it, 'cos the accused is a cop.
Do you really think so, Mr Vaz? Then put words into action and close down this farce of incompetent, corrupt, malicious and self-serving wasters immediately. You can guarantee that if someone had flicked a beer towel at this scum, the cops would have the 'flicker' in court in no time. But serial rape? Ignore it, 'cos the accused is a cop. behonest
  • Score: 8

2:25pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Claude Ted says...

It's a disgrace that a television reporter has to break further news about this force when it was claiming transparency.
It's clear to anyone that the investigation into this animal was flawed.
Sherlock Holmes this shower ain't!
No doubt ther will be more litigation by the victims of this ex-copper, more cost to the ratepayers as a result of this force.
This is the last thing they needed when the CPS are looking whether to press charges under the Sacristy investigation, hopefully they can't keep burying their mistakes!
As for the PCC continuing to bleat the same mantra about public confidence in Cleveland Police he is frankly either speaking to his mates or he's deluded!
It's a disgrace that a television reporter has to break further news about this force when it was claiming transparency. It's clear to anyone that the investigation into this animal was flawed. Sherlock Holmes this shower ain't! No doubt ther will be more litigation by the victims of this ex-copper, more cost to the ratepayers as a result of this force. This is the last thing they needed when the CPS are looking whether to press charges under the Sacristy investigation, hopefully they can't keep burying their mistakes! As for the PCC continuing to bleat the same mantra about public confidence in Cleveland Police he is frankly either speaking to his mates or he's deluded! Claude Ted
  • Score: 6

6:11pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Jackaranda says...

Wayne Scott is yet another manipulative bully who had no right to wear the uniform, and yet while wearing that uniform was allowed to run amok.
Wayne Scott is yet another manipulative bully who had no right to wear the uniform, and yet while wearing that uniform was allowed to run amok. Jackaranda
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