Hillsborough cop to retire

West Yorkshire Police chief constable Sir Norman Bettison is to retire in the aftermath of the report into the Hillsborough disaster. The police watchdog has received a referral from his police authority over his briefing after the tragedy.

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MP: Hillsborough cover-up inquiry must continue

The shadow transport secretary and Liverpool MP Maria Eagle has commented on the retirement of Sir Norman Bettison as West Yorkshire Police chief constable after the critical Hillsborough report:

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Criticised Hillsborough cop announces retirement

The most senior serving police officer involved with South Yorkshire Police's Hillsborough operation, Sir Norman Bettison, has announced his retirement.

In a statement, the current Chief Constable of West Yorkshire said he will retire on 31 March 2013.

I have had the privilege to serve the people of West Yorkshire as their Chief Constable since 2007.

My term of appointment with West Yorkshire Police was due to end in January of this year, but was extended with the approval of the Police Authority and Home Secretary.

However recent weeks have caused me to reflect on what is best for the future of policing in West Yorkshire and I have now decided to set a firm date for my retirement of 31 March 2013.

I have offered this proposal to my Police Authority.

Whilst representing a personal decision, this will enable an incoming Police and Crime Commissioner, who will take up office on the 22nd of November, to begin the search immediately for a new Chief Constable who can take the Force forwards.

Furthermore, I hope it will enable the Independent Police Complaints Commission to fully investigate allegations that have been raised about my integrity.

They need to be fairly and fully investigated and I welcome this independent and formal scrutiny.

The record of my leadership of West Yorkshire Police will speak for itself. Crime is down and public confidence is up.

I remain very proud to serve the people of West Yorkshire and work alongside the committed and professional police officers and staff of West Yorkshire Police.

It remains my intention to maintain and improve the performance of the Force, whilst ensuring a smooth transition to a new Chief Constable.

– Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Sir Norman Bettison

Call to end hatred between Liverpool and Man U fans

Hillsborough Family Support Group member Margaret Aspinall. Credit: PA

Plans by Liverpool and Manchester United to calm the animosity between their fans have been supported by the chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, Margaret Aspinall.

Ahead of Sunday`s meeting between the two sides at Anfield, a number of gestures are to be made to try and prevent the supporters present from taunting each other about tragic incidents that have happened in the past.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has written to his club's fans to encourage harmony. The match will be Liverpools first at home since the publication of the Hillsborough Independent Panels report into the 1989 disaster which claimed the lives of 96 of their fans.

Hillsborough police chief probed for 'supplying misleading information'

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

The referral, from West Yorkshire Police Authority, came 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

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Reports: Liverpool and Man U to release 96 balloons before match

A replica of a previous Liverpool FC shirt is attached to the railings outside Anfield Stadium. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Liverpool and Manchester United will pay tribute to the victims of the Hillsborough disaster when the clubs meet in the Premier League at Anfield on Sunday, according to reports.

The captains of both teams, Steven Gerrard and Nemanja Vidic, will release 96 red balloons before kick-off - the number of people killed in the tragedy.

Kelvin MacKenzie to discuss Hillsborough in Spectator

The editor of The Spectator, Fraser Nelson, has said Kelvin MacKenzie will discuss his part in The Sun's infamous Hillsborough coverage in the next issue of the magazine.

MacKenzie earlier refused to discuss the tragedy while being doorstepped by Channel 4, insisting he would go public "next week."

Channel 4 News doorsteps Kelvin MacKenzie over Hillsborough

Former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie has refused to answer questions over his infamous Hillsborough headline while being doorstepped by Channel 4 News reporter Alex Thomson.

The pair engaged in a heated exchange before Mr MacKenzie, who said he will go on the record "next week", drove away.

Mr MacKenzie last week offered "profuse apologies to the people of Liverpool" for his paper's coverage of the 1989 tragedy.

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