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Prominent Hillsborough campaigner Phil Scraton turns down OBE

Professor Phil Scraton Credit: PA

The prominent Hillsborough campaigner Phil Scraton has turned down an OBE because of successive governments' treatment of Hillsborough families and survivors.

The professor, who was the lead author of the Hillsborough Independent Panel report, said he could not accept an honour on the recommendation of those who were unresponsive to the efforts of the bereaved families to find the truth and get justice for their loved ones.

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Former police chief to head Hillsborough probe

Former police chief to head Hillsborough probe Credit: ITV Granada

It has been revealed that Rob Beckley has been appointed to the Metropolitan Police as Assistant Commissioner to carry out the investigation into what went wrong in the lead up to the Hillsborough disaster.

Beckley will head Operation Resolve - the probe into the planning and preparation of the 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

The news comes after Jon Stoddart OBE stood down from the role in September.

Most recently, Beckley was Chief Operating Officer at the College of Policing but retired in March. He has previously served in the Metropolitan Police Service, Thames Valley, Hertfordshire Constabulary and Avon and Somerset Police, where he was Deputy Chief Constable.

In a statement, Home Secretary, Amber Rudd said:

Following the decision of Assistant Commissioner Jon Stoddart OBE to stand down as head of Operation Resolve on 5 September 2016, I am pleased to inform Parliament that I have appointed Assistant Commissioner Rob Beckley QPM as the head of Operation Resolve.

– Amber Rudd

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More than 100 police officers still to give witness accounts to Hillsborough Investigation

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More than 100 police officers and staff have still failed to give witness accounts to the IPCC as part of their investigation into the Hillsborough disaster.

64 are from South Yorkshire Police and 68 are from West Midlands Police. Some were unable to provide an account for reasons such as poor health; others have not responded to contact from the IPCC. There were also a number of individuals who couldn’t be traced.

Despite this, the IPCC say they remain on course to deliver a full file of evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service at the end of the year.

The IPCC also say they've recorded more than 4,000 witness accounts during the course of the investigation and around 1,200 of those are from police officers/staff.

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