South Yorkshire PCC will not appeal against Crompton ruling
A police chief has said he will not appeal against a court ruling he acted unlawfully.
South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner Dr Alan Billings suspended the force's chief constable and called for him to resign after the Hillsborough inquests.
Ex-chief constable David Crompton successfully challenged the decision.
Dr Billings said he did not believe it was in the public interest to commit further funds to pursue the case.
"Instead, I will be supporting the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners in dealing with the constitutional issues raised by the judgement through Parliamentary means rather than engaging in an expensive legal process," he said.
Mr Crompton welcomed the High Court ruling but has not yet commented on Dr Billings' decision not to appeal.
Dr Billings and Mr Crompton had clashed in the wake of the April 2016 findings into the deaths of 96 people in the Hillsborough stadium disaster in 1989.
The inquests concluded all those who died were unlawfully killed.
Mr Crompton gave two statements after the verdicts, the second of which appeared to justify the force's line of questioning about the behaviour of fans.
After the findings were delivered, the PCC decided to invoke a procedure under which Mr Crompton was suspended, citing an erosion of public trust in the force.
He was ultimately required to resign that September, but had intended to retire in November after 30 years of service.
- Jan 2012: David Crompton appointed chief constable of South Yorkshire Police following retirement of Med Hughes (October 2011)
- Sept 2012: Apologises on behalf of South Yorkshire Police after Hillsborough Independent Panel finds the force "sought to deflect responsibility" to Liverpool fans
- Feb 2013: Apologises after an email emerges in which he accuses Hillsborough campaigners of lying
- Mar 2016: Announces plans to retire in November
- Apr 2016: Suspended following Hillsborough inquest
- May 2016: Dismissal proceedings begin
- Sept 2016: Made to resign by PCC
- 9 June 2017: High Court declare decision unlawful
- 16 June 2017: Police and Crime Commissioner says he will not appeal High Court ruling