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Police watchdog to announce action over Hillsborough corruption

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Police Watchdog the IPCC will announce today what action it will take over the evidence revealed by the Hillsborough Independent Panel's report.

It revealed 164 police statements were altered, 116 of them to remove or change negative comments about the policing of the match and the disaster.

The report lead to claims the officers had staged a shocking cover-up after the tragedy in an attempt to shift blame on to the 96 victims.

The IPCC said it would review the panel’s findings as well as those of previous inquiries into the tragedy.If the IPCC’s predecessor, the Police Complaints Authority (PCA), has already investigated certain matters it could stop the IPCC from looking at them again.

After the report was published, a complaint was made to the IPCC that Norman Bettison, who was a chief inspector in South Yorkshire at the time, had supplied misleading information in the wake of the disaster.

A second element of the complaint was over comments made by Bettison, currently Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, after the report was published.He said that Liverpool fans’ behaviour made policing the tragedy in 1989 “harder than it needed to be”, sparking fury and calls for him to resign.

Last week Bettison announced that he is to retire in March.

Sir Norman had previously denied altering any statements or asking for any to be altered.

An officer cannot be subject to misconduct proceedings after they have retired.

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