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David Cameron has explained why he went so far and deep with his apology over Hillsborough.
Speaking about the disaster for the first time since saying sorry, the Prime Minister told ITV Granada it was a simple case of reading the facts of the report and ensuring people living outside Liverpool fully understood the scale of injustice. Watch the interview in full here.
Sir Norman Bettison's police authority chairman has backed the chief constable's decision to retire in the wake of Hillsborough Independent Panel report.
"In all the circumstances and after due consideration, we think this is the right decision for retirement in March 2013," said West Yorkshire Police Authority chairman Mark Burns-Williamson.
Once touted as a frontrunner to become Britain's most senior police officer, Sir Norman Bettison's career has been dogged by the Hillsborough disaster.
He resigned in the wake of last month's Hillsborough Independent Panel's report, which renewed allegations he was involved in the police's "black propaganda" campaign over the disaster.
- A member of South Yorkshire Police's internal review group on Hillsborough, in 1993 he became Assistant Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police
- Made Chief Constable of Merseyside Police in 1998, prompting anger from families of Hillsborough victims and resignations in Merseyside Police Authority
- Named an honorary fellow of Liverpool's John Moores University and retired in 2004
- Knighted for services to policing in 2006, before returning to become West Yorkshire Police's chief constable in January 2007
- Tipped by media in 2008 to succeed ousted Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair, but ruled himself out of race
- Denies wrongdoing over Hillsborough disaster, but retired after being faced with an Independent Police Complaints Commission investigation
Trevor Hicks, who lost two daughters in the Hillsborough disaster, said he was "glad" Sir Norman Bettison was retiring, but that it was not enough.
Mr Hicks said:
Hillsborough campaigner Anne Williams said Sir Norman Bettison had no choice but to retire after the findings of the recent report.
Ms Williams, whose 15-year-old son Kevin died on the Leppings Lane terrace, said:
Margaret Aspinall, whose 18-year-old son James died during the Hillsborough disaster, said she was "absolutely delighted" to hear Sir Norman Bettison is retiring.
The chairwoman of the Hillsborough Families Support Group said: "Obviously I'm very very pleased. I'm absolutely delighted that he's going. But then, he'll be going on his full pension, and I'd like to know the full reasons why he's choosing to retire as soon as this".
The chief constable of West Yorkshire has announced he will retire on 31 March 2013.
Ms Aspinall continued: "Why didn't he stay then, until the IPCC came out with their investigation?"
"But he's decided to leave. I'm not arguing against it, because I'm thrilled that he is going, but if he's got nothing to hide, why is he retiring? The man has got something to worry about".
President of the Association of Chief Police Officers Sir Hugh Orde has hailed retiring West Yorkshire chief constable Sir Norman Bettison's "outstanding contribution" to the police service.
Sir Hugh said in a statement:
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