Sir Norman Bettison resigns

Sir Norman Bettison resigns and says he never blamed Liverpool fans for the Hillsborough tragedy.

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Sir Norman Bettison resigns

Under-fire West Yorkshire chief constable Sir Norman Bettison has resigned.

He tendered his resignation ahead of a meeting which was scheduled to consider his role in the aftermath of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, which he investigated for South Yorkshire Police, West Yorkshire Police Authority vice-chair Les Carter confirmed.

Sir Norman has been under growing pressure since the Hillsborough Independent Panel report was published and he is being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

More Hillsborough cover-up allegations

There are shocking new allegations about the extent of the police cover up at Hillsborough and the role of West Yorkshire's Chief Constable have been made to MPs during a special debate at Westminster.

The Merseyside MP Maria Eagle quoted a letter she'd received, in which a man from Sheffield, who was on a course with Sir Norman Bettison, claimed he was told by him that he'd been asked to "concoct" a story about Liverpool fans being drunk.

Today Claire Ashforth spoke exclusively to John Barry, a former civil servant from Sheffield, the man at the centre of Miss Eagle's allegations:

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Bettison's position branded "untenable"

Two of the candidates standing to be West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner have branded Chief Constable Sir Norman Bettison's position "untenable" after allegations about his involvement in a police cover-up of the Hillsborough disaster.

Labour candidate Mark Burns-Williamson and Conservative Geraldine Carter have said he should go.

Until recently Mr Burns-Williamson was the Chair of the West Yorkshire Police Authority.

It is understood the Authority will discuss Sir Norman's position at a meeting tomorrow.

He has been referred to the police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

The candidates standing are:

  • Mark Burns-Williamson - Labour
  • Geraldine Carter - Conservative
  • Cedric Christie - Independent
  • Andrew Marchington - Liberal Democrat

HILLSBOROUGH LATEST: 1444 officers named in inquiry

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has been given 1,400 names of officers as it investigates South Yorkshire Police's role in the Hillsborough tragedy, MPs were told today.

The inquiry will investigate "potential criminality and police misconduct in respect of police officers, both serving and retired", according to Home Secretary Theresa May.

The South Yorkshire chief constable wrote to me on Friday to say he sent a list of 1,444 names of former and serving officers of South Yorkshire to the IPCC. This is a huge number of names - more than we expected.

– Keith Vaz MP, chairman of Home Affairs Select Committee
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