Bettison has 'case to answer'

The IPCC says former police chief Sir Norman Bettison would "have a case to answer" over trying to manipulate his police authority following the publication of the damning Hillsborough report. He will not face action as he retired shortly afterwards.

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Bettison had case to face for 'abuse of authority'

Former West Yorkshire Police chief constable Sir Norman Bettison would "have a case to answer for gross misconduct" over his dealings with his police authority following the publication of a damning report on the Hillsborough disaster, according to the police watchdog.

The investigation focused on contact between Sir Norman, Fraser Sampson (the Chief Executive of WYPA) and Mark Burns-Williamson (Chair of WYPA).

Sir Norman Bettison resigned from the West Yorkshire Police last October. Credit: Press Association

The IPCC concluded Sir Norman had a case to answer for discreditable conduct and abuse of authority, breaches which, if proven in a disciplinary hearing, would amount to gross misconduct as they would justify dismissal.

However, as Sir Norman left the police service in October 2012 he cannot face a disciplinary hearing in which the evidence could be tested. Instead the IPCC is publishing its findings for the public to judge.

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