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Merseyside Police Authority met today to discuss Sir Norman Bettison's resignation from West Yorkshire Police and his pension arrangements.
Sir Norman formerly served as Chief Constable with Merseyside Police.
Sir Norman Bettison stood down as Chief Constable of West Yorkshire after claims in an ITV News interview that he'd admitted trying to put the blame for the tragedy on Liverpool fans. Sir Norman denies the claims and insists he's done nothing wrong. Our UK Editor Lucy Manning reports.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has released a statement regarding Sir Norman Bettison's resignation.
The IPCC is currently pursuing two separate investigations involving Mr Bettison. The first is looking at "potential criminal offences" and the second at "misconduct matters".
The chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee Keith Vaz has welcomed Sir Norman Bettison's decision to step down. He said: "I think he's done the right thing".
A spokeswoman for Merseyside Police Authority has said that the force's treasurer is "considering the implications this [Sir Norman Bettison's resignation] might have for Merseyside Police Authority" - including by implication the issue of his pension.
She confirmed that if Mr Bettison had stood down in March 2013 as planned, he would have been entitled to a pension worth £83,000 per annum.
Merseyside Police Authority confirm Sir Norman Bettison's annual pension from them would be £83,000. Bettison was Chief Constable of the force from 1998 to 2004.
The Authority told ITV Granada they are now assessing what implications, if any, today's developments will have.
Steve Kelly, who lost his brother Michael at Hillsborough, says Sir Norman Bettison should not have been allowed to retire from West Yorkshire Police with a full pension.
"I think Mr Bettison should have been sacked, he had to go." He also called for the former police-chief's pension to be, "attacked retrospectively."
The Hillsborough campaigner Trevor Hicks responds simply to the resignation of Sir Norman Bettison: "The bigger they are, the harder they fall."
Latest ITV News reports
Sir Norman Bettison resigns as chief constable of West Yorkshire Police after claims that he was involved in a Hillsborough 'cover-up.'
A Hillsborough survivor claims that Sir Norman Bettison told him about a cover-up shortly after the 1989 stadium tragedy.