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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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Hillsborough 96 Freedom of Entry scrolls will be on display today

The honour of Freedom of the City will be awarded posthumously to the 96 people who lost their lives at the Hillsborough disaster tomorrow.

The scrolls are being laid out at Liverpool Town Hall today where they will be on display until 5pm but the official ceremony where the 96 and Hillsborough campaigners will be honoured will be held tomorrow - Thursday September 22.

Taking place at Liverpool’s St George’s Hall, the families of the 96 will be invited to a special ceremony, hosted by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Roz Gladden, together with Mayor Joe Anderson.

During the service they will receive a specially designed scroll and a unique medal with the name of their loved one inscribed on it.

Each of the recipients of the honour will be awarded with a scroll and inscribed medal. The medals and framed scrolls will be on public display as a powerful visual representation of the 96 who lost their lives at Hillsborough.

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