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Police horse Bud 'wasn't hurt ' in football fan attack

A West Yorkshire Police horse who was attacked in football riots at the weekend is back recovering in his paddock today. This was Bud at home in Wakefield this morning - after his ordeal in Newcastle yesterday

He was controlling crowds at the Newcastle versus Sunderland match when a fan apparently tried to punch him. His alleged attacker was arrested and bailed. Bud's handlers say he's now doing well.

Labour: FSA may not have visited all horsemeat plants

It is still not clear if investigators from the Food Standards Agency have visited some cutting plants where horsemeat is highly suspected of being stored, Labour's shadow environment secretary has said.

Mary Creagh said the Government needs to be clearer about how its own investigations into the scandal are progressing with different criminal gangs operating across Europe.


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Police appeal for information about missing 14-year-old

Police are concerned for the welfare of a 14-year-old girl missing from Keighley. Klaudia Gallayasova, was last seen by her father at 9am on Friday March 29th, leaving her home address on Selbourne Grove in Keighley.

Missing Klaudia Gallayasova Credit: West Yorkshire Police

She is known to have contacts in the Birmingham area. Klaudia is of Slovakian descent, around 5ft 1 inches tall, of thin build, with brown eyes and black hair. She was last seen wearing a silver padded jacket, green jeans, white and grey trainers, carrying a white small shoulder bag.


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 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."

Bettison solicitor: Case to answer 'not a finding of guilt'

Sir Norman Bettison's solicitor has released a statement on behalf of his client after an IPCC report said he "have a case to answer" over his dealings with his police authority, in the wake of the Hillsborough report.

The IPCC has recognised that my client, Sir Norman Bettison, did himself wish to be investigated by the IPCC in connection with allegations made in respect of Hillsborough. He remains keen to see that the investigation into the substantive matters is progressed as quickly as possible.

The IPCC has decided that it considers my client acted improperly in seeking approval from the Police Authority to refer himself to the IPCC. The decision that there is a case to answer, is not a finding of guilt. This point is accepted, explicitly, in the foreword of the IPCC report and it therefore sits, uncomfortably, with some of the comments in the investigator's report, made after an incomplete investigation.

Sir Norman voluntarily attended interview, provided a written statement and invited the IPCC to interview witnesses. Since there can be no formal misconduct hearing my client is denied the opportunity to call those witnesses, which the IPCC declined to interview, and is denied the opportunity to put his case and challenge other evidence, which calls into question the fairness of such a process.

– John Harding, Partner, Kingsley Napley LLP

Sir Norman Bettison and his Hillsborough involvement

Former West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Sir Norman Bettison was a chief inspector with South Yorkshire Police at the time of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.

He attended the match at Sheffield Wednesday's ground as a spectator but, after the tragedy, he was involved in the subsequent force investigation.

Ninety-six Liverpool fans people died in the Hillsborough disaster Credit: Press Association

His involvement in that inquiry has provoked waves of allegations and criticism from the families of those who died and has dogged his career, which included a stint as the chief constable of Merseyside.

The Hillsborough Independent Panel report, revealed numerous failings during and in the aftermath of the 1989 disaster.

It also highlighted police attempts to shift blame for the tragedy to the victims.

Sir Norman was referred to the IPCC over claims that he gave misleading information after the tragedy - and that he tried to influence West Yorkshire Police Authority's decision-making process in relation to the referral.

The Hillsborough report was published last year

The former chief, who has always denied any wrongdoing, resigned from his post last year, saying the controversy had become a "distraction to policing in West Yorkshire"

In a statement issued through the police authority at the time, Sir Norman said he had never blamed the fans for the tragedy.

He also said the police authority and some of the candidates in the forthcoming Police and Crime Commissioner elections made it clear that they wanted him to go.

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