Bettison link to Lawrence case

Former West Yorkshire chief constable Sir Norman Bettison has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission over his role in the Macpherson Inquiry, which examined police conduct while investigating the murder of Stephen Lawrence.

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PCC urges swift inquiry into Lawrence family treatment

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson has called for police treatment of Stephen Lawrence's family to be urgently reviewed by an independent body.

This is a matter which needs to be thoroughly investigated and, if wrongdoing is demonstrated, those responsible must face the consequences of their actions.

Doreen Lawrence and her family need their treatment by the police service reviewed independently and this must be done as a matter of urgency.

I am sure the Independent Police Complaints Commission will do the same for these separate issues of concern indicating possible corrupt practices in the later period around the Macpherson Inquiry.

– West Yorkshire PCC Mark Burns-Williamson

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Documents led to 'significant concerns' over Bettison

Sir Norman Bettison was Assistant Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police at the time of the 1998 inquiry into police conduct while investigating the death of Stephen Lawrence.

Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson said he referred Sir Norman to the IPCC after being made aware of three documents following a "thorough" search requested by the current West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Mark Gilmore. PCC Burns-Williamson said:

These documents raise significant concerns over the role of Sir Norman Bettison in commissioning a report to be prepared in the respect of a key witness appearing before the Macpherson Inquiry.

This may suggest an attempt to intervene in the course of a public inquiry and influence the manner in which the testimony of a witness, who was due to present evidence before it, was received.

Bettison referred to IPCC over role in Lawrence inquiry

Retired chief constable of West Yorkshire Sir Norman Bettison. Credit: Dave Higgens/PA Archive

The former chief constable of West Yorkshire, Sir Norman Bettison, has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission over his role in the Macpherson Inquiry, which examined police conduct while investigating the murder of Stephen Lawrence.

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson announced in a statement that he has referred Bettison to the IPCC over evidence suggesting "potential misconduct" at the time of the inquiry.

PCC Burns-Williamson's statement said his referral "follows a process of searching for evidence across the police service of similar behaviour to that which attempted to discredit the Lawrence family when they were the target of covert surveillance as they sought justice for their murdered son."

Bettison was recently implicated in the Hillsborough diaster cover-up, but faced no retrospective action having stepped down while facing a disciplinary investigation.