74 disaster statements 'altered'

The police watchdog has revealed that statements of 74 more officers at the Hillsborough stadium disaster "may have been amended". West Midlands Police was originally called in to investigate South Yorkshire Police's handling of the incident.

Hillsborough investigation: West Midlands Police policy books recovered

Deborah Glass, deputy chair of Police watchdog the Independent Police Complaints Commission. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The police watchdog has revealed it has discovered West Midlands Police documents relating to the Hillsborough disaster.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has confirmed it has recovered 'West Midlands Policy books that have never been seen by previous inquiries.'

In June this year, the Midlands force carried out detailed searches of its archives, following an independent report in 2012 which said it knew statements had been charged to protect senior officers in South Yorkshire from criticism.

74 more Hillsborough officer statements 'altered'

The police watchdog has revealed that statements of 74 more officers at the Hillsborough stadium disaster "may have been amended."

After the incident in 1989, West Midlands Police was called in to investigate South Yorkshire Police.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission made the revelation as it provided an update on the setting up of its inquiry into the tragedy:

"We have uncovered material which would suggest that fans’ witness accounts may have been altered.

We have recovered pocket notebooks from officers who were on duty on the day of the match.

We are in the process of interviewing all the surviving officers whose accounts were amended."

– DEBORAH GLASS, INDEPENDENT POLICE COMPLAINTS COMMISSION DEPUTY CHAIR

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