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

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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."


If Channel Four want to hear Kelvin MacKenzie's side of the Hillsborough story, they'll have to wait for next week's Spectator.


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.

Hillsborough support group thanks Everton for matchday tribute


At Goodison... Yes, with a bottle of red. Everyone at EFC Thank You ALL so much for your support http://t.co/n1MYFebA

Everton stage emotional Hillsborough tribute

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

Former policeman calls for fresh Hillsborough inquest

by Stephen Douglas: ITV News Correspondent

A policeman who was on duty during the Hillsborough disaster has spoken of his shock at discovering his account of what happened had been tampered with.

Former PC Martin McCloughlin has called for a fresh inquest after finding out a section of his statement which criticised the South Yorkshire Police operation had been removed.


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.

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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.

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."

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