The families of Hillsborough victims have welcomed the retirement of the police chief who criticised Liverpool fans in the wake of the 1989 tragedy.
Sir Norman Bettison, who was at South Yorkshire Police at the time, announced he will be stepping down from his current position as West Yorkshire Police chief constable in March 2013.
Chairwoman of the Hillsborough Families Support Group Margaret Aspinall, whose 18-year-old son James died during the disaster, said:
Hillsborough campaigner Anne Williams, whose 15-year-old son Kevin died on the Leppings Lane terrace, said, "I don't think he would have retired if it wasn't for the Hillsborough report".
Sir Norman made the announcement in a statement, saying "recent weeks" had led him to reflect on his position and come to the decision to retire.
President of the Association of Chief Police Officers Sir Hugh Orde hailed his "outstanding contribution" and said he will be "a great loss to policing".
The news follows a complaint made to the Independent Police Complaints Commission claiming that Sir Norman, who sparked fury when he claimed Liverpool supporters made policing the match "harder than it needed to be", supplied misleading information during the aftermath of the disaster.
But Sir Norman told ITV News' UK Editor Lucy Manning in an exclusive interview last month that "there's nothing I'm ashamed of":