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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Everton stage emotional Hillsborough tribute

A young Everton and Liverpool fan pay tribute to the 96 people who died in the Hillsborough tragedy Credit: PA
Everton ball boys wore the number 96 on the shirts as a sign of respect for people who dies 23 years ago Credit: PA

Liverpool's Premier League neighbours Everton honoured the Hillsborough victims before they took on Newcastle at Goodison Park tonight.

Two mascots, one wearing a Liverpool kit and one an Everton kit, lead out the teams and both wore the number 96 on the back of their shirts.

The ball boys and girls also had 96 on their backs and there was a video tribute on the giant screens.

This was followed by a minutes silence and the names and faces of the victims were shown on the big screen just before kick-off.

The tribute to the 96 on the big screens at Hillsborough Credit: PA

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Aspinall 'heartened' by May's Hillsborough prosecution comments

Hillsborough Families Support Group chairwoman Margaret Aspinall said she was "heartened" by Home Secretary Theresa May's comments that anyone who was found to have broken the law in the wake of the 1989 tragedy should be prosecuted.

She added:

We will also be keeping a very close eye on the relevant bodies ourselves to make sure everything is done properly.

We won't be behind the scenes. We have to be kept informed of everything that is going on.

Home Secretary backs Hillsborough prosecutions

Home Secretary Theresa May said it was "absolutely clear" that anyone who broke the law in the wake of the Hillsborough tragedy should be prosecuted.

Home Secretary Theresa May during a speech at the Police Superintendents' annual conference. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Mrs May added that she was still digesting the "deeply shocking and disturbing report" that showed 164 statements were "significantly amended" about the leadership of the police, to push blame for the disaster onto the fans.

Home Office officials have been asked to ensure the "necessary resource, support, advice and co-operation" are in place "to facilitate any and all investigations into individual and systemic issues", Mrs May added.

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HFSG to follow up with civil proceedings, where appropriate

The Hillsborough Families Support Group said they are now looking at three particular avenues to follow up.

They include urging the attorney general to apply for new inquests, demanding full and immediate investigations into criminal prosecutions and final, where appropriate, and applying for civil proceedings to be reopened.

In a statement, the families strongly condemned the comments made this week by Sir Norman Bettison and described the "monumental" scale of the wrongdoing and cover up that will leave an "indelible stain on the reputations of those authorities in whom the public implicitly placed thier trust."

Inquest verdicts 'need to be' overturned

President of the Hillsborough Families Support Group, Trevor Hicks Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Trevor Hicks, president of the Hillsborough Families Support Group, and Margaret Aspinall gave a statement to the media in which they expressed their desire for the inquest verdicts to be overturned and new ones to be held in Liverpool.

A statement on behalf of the HFSG, said: "The findings of the Hillsborough Independent Panel have finally vindicated the families in their 23-year struggle to establish the truth.

"However, after truth must come justice. We have spoken today to our lawyers and taken initial advice.

"As the families have always believed and insisted, it was the actions and inaction of those in authority that caused the deaths at Hillsborough n April 15, 1989.

"The fans did not contribute to the tragedy. Any blame previously laid at their door has been shown to be part of a despicable conspiracy by those in authority to tarnish the reputations of the dead, the survivors of the disaster and the people of Liverpool.

"This conspiracy has been revealed for what it is; a bid to avoid accountability.

"Those responsible can avoid accountability no longer."

Hillsborough activist hopes that the state can put things right

The president of the Hillsborough Families Support Group has said that he hopes that the state can put things right with regard to the results of the Hillsborough report.

Trevor Hicks said he backed the idea of having an oversight panel to help coordinate the search for justice.

It's so we have a concerted approach. We don't want a piecemeal thing that drags on forever.

If someone has done criminal wrong, then they should face criminal charges. If they haven't, then fine, it should be disciplinary charges.

We have said all along that we knew skulduggery had gone on. But the report even shocked me who has lived with this, at just how far and how deep it went.

– Trevor Hicks, president of the Hillsborough Families Support Group
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