21st August 2015

Former Cleveland Police Officer Wayne Scott was jailed for 19 years in 2013 after he was convicted of multiple rapes and sexual assault.

An investigation, supervised by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), has since been carried out by Cleveland Police to determine how it came to be that the behaviour of Wayne Scott went undetected in the Police Force. The report into the investigation, published on 20th August 2015, has confirmed that Cleveland Police failed to act on several warning signs that Wayne Scott was a dangerous sexual predator. It was found that a “prevailing culture of indifference” prevented other Police Officers from challenging or reporting Wayne Scott’s behaviour. Instead, Scott’s “inappropriate sexualised behaviour was allowed to flourish throughout his career within Cleveland Police”.

Deputy Chief Constable Iain Spittal, confirmed in a statement on 20th August 2015 that he wished to “sincerely apologise to everyone who has been affected by the actions of Wayne Scott whilst he was a serving officer with Cleveland Police.”

Blog by Andrew Freckleton, Solicitor