West Yorkshire police chief referred to IPCC

Norman Bettison Credit: PA

West Yorkshire Chief Constable Sir Norman Bettison has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) following complaints alleging he supplied misleading information after the Hillsborough disaster, the police watchdog said tonight.

The IPCC confirmed it had received a referral following complaints from members of the public about Sir Norman being "involved in the production and supply of misleading information for the various inquiries that have been undertaken into the Hillsborough disaster".

The commission said a second element of the referral related to a statement he made last week, following the report of the Hillsborough Independent Panel, in which he said the Liverpool fans' behaviour made policing at the tragedy in 1989 "harder than it needed to be".

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