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Sir Norman Bettison's perks worth £70,000 revealed

Former West Yorkshire Police chief constable Sir Norman Bettison received perks worth £70,000 while in charge of the force, The Times reports.

A Freedom of Information Act request made by the newspaper revealed Sir Norman, who is under investigation over the Hillsborough and Stephen Lawrence scandals, received the package in addition to his £169,359 2010 salary.

Sir Norman Bettison. Credit: Press Association

The package - as of September 2009 - included:

Staff and driver provided free

£35,594 annual car allowance

£9,148 for health and well being, to include gym membership (per annum)Life cover: £2,745

Continuing personal development activities of your choice (per annum) £7,318

Domestic security arrangements: Up to £15,000

A credit card exclusively for your use in connection with your duties, including entertainment at home.

Telephone expenses and broadband connection: Up to 50 percent

Witness 'not a member of Lawrence family'

Former police chief Sir Norman Bettison will be investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Former police chief Sir Norman Bettison will be investigated by a watchdog over claims he tried to influence the way a witness gave evidence at the public inquiry following the murder of Stephen Lawrence.

The witness was reportedly not a member of the Lawrence family

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Ex-police chief to be investigated by watchdog

Former police chief Sir Norman Bettison will be investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission over his handling of the witness information for the Macpherson Inquiry into the death 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

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.

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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.

Police who resign to avoid disciplinary action targeted

The Home Affairs Select Committee has recommended measures to target police officers who resign in order to avoid disciplinary proceedings.

This includes a "scale of fines which should be docked from officers' pensions in cases of the most grave misconduct".

Former West Yorkshire chief constable Sir Norman Bettison
Former West Yorkshire chief constable Sir Norman Bettison Credit: Dave Higgens/PA Wire

The group of MPs heard of numerous cases where police officers retire to avoid disciplinary proceedings, with no further repercussions.

Among them was Sir Norman Bettison, former chief constable of West Yorkshire, who stepped down while facing a disciplinary investigation for gross misconduct charges relating to Hillsborough.

Campaigner: Bettison should be 'stripped of his honours'

The chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group has reacted to the IPCC's finding that former West Yorkshire police chief Sir Norman Bettison "has a case to answer" for his actions in the wake of the Hillsborough report.

Margaret Aspinall, who lost her 18-year-old son, James, in the disaster, said it was "another step on the road to justice" for the 96 victims.

"In the IPCC's own words, this was gross misconduct and, in my mind, that is a very serious offence and the fact that he resigned should not mean that this report is the end of it"

Margaret Aspinall, chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group
Margaret Aspinall, chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group Credit: Press Association

"We want to see him stripped of his honours - his knighthood and his Honorary Fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University.

"I believe he resigned to protect his pension and his behaviour has shown he is not deserving of that pension."

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